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April 16, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON WENDY DAVIS' SUCCESSFUL SURGERY THIS MORNING

Wendy Davis campaign spokesman Zac Petkanas issued the following statement: "Senator Davis' surgery was a success, she is resting comfortably and will be spending the night at home.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 16, 2014

TEXANS FOR LAWSUIT REFORM: MIKE SCHOFIELD POISED TO WIN RUN-OFF IN HD 132

A poll conducted earlier this week for Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC showed Mike Schofield in a commanding position to win the May 27th Run-Off for the House District 132 seat in Harris County. A poll conducted for TLRPAC by Baselice & Associates, Inc. found that Schofield is leading his Run-Off opponent Ann Hodge by 30 points – 57% to 27% in head-to-head ballot test. The Baselice survey also found Schofield with a forty-point plus margin lead among both 2014 Primary Voters and 2012 Primary Voters. Speaking for TLRPAC, Sherry Sylvester said:

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform


April 16, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE RUTH JONES MCCLENDON: CANCER. THE BIG C

For anyone who has heard this chilling diagnosis from your doctor, my heart goes out to you. I have been there. The Big C is also The Big Scare. And for me, having been diagnosed with Stage 4 Cancer in 2009, it is also the Big Fight.

From Representative Ruth Jones McClendon


April 16, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY AUTHORIZES ADDITIONAL DISASTER RECOVERY FUNDS FOR CITY OF WEST

Gov. Rick Perry today granted the City of West’s request for an additional $4.8 million in disaster grant assistance for recovery efforts related to the fertilizer plant explosion that occurred in April 2013. The grant will help West repair and rebuild infrastructure damaged or destroyed by the blast and assist with other important projects in the affected area.

From Office of the Governor


April 16, 2014

SENATOR BRIAN BIRDWELL AND REPRESENTATIVE KYLE KACAL: COMMENT ON RECOVERY OF WEST ONE YEAR AFTER TRAGEDY

State Senator Brian Birdwell and State Representative Kyle Kacal released the following statements in advance of the one-year anniversary of the April 17, 2013 fertilizer-plant explosion in West, Texas.

From Senator Brian Birdwell and Representative Kyle Kacal


April 16, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: HOSTS TEXAS AUTISM AWARENESS DAY AT THE CAPITOL

On Tuesday, Rep. Ron Simmons (R-Carrollton) hosted the second annual Autism Awareness Day at the Capitol. Rep. Larry Gonzales (R- Round Rock), Senator Kirk Watson (D-Austin), Senator Eddie Lucio (D-Brownsville), and leaders and families joined Rep. Simmons to mark the occasion.

From Representative Ron Simmons


April 16, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE PONCHO NEVAREZ: OP-ED: WIDE AND DEEP DIFFERENCES BETWEEN CASTRO AND PATRICK'S VISION ON IMMIGRATION

Last night’s debate on immigration between Mayor Julián Castro and Senator Dan Patrick was a perfect example of the wide and deep differences between Castro and Patrick’s vision on how to handle the fact that over 11 million undocumented immigrants are living in the United States.

From Representative Poncho Nevaraz


April 16, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: DEWHURST GOES NEGATIVE - STRAIGHT TO THE GUTTER

David Dewhurst kicked off his Runoff Election Campaign today with a personal attack ad assailing Dan Patrick. Allen Blakemore, Patrick Campaign Senior Strategist responded to requests for comment on the ad: “Six weeks before the Runoff Election and during Holy Week, David Dewhurst takes his campaign straight to the gutter.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


April 16, 2014

RED STATE WOMEN: POLL: WENDY DAVIS OUT OF TOUCH WITH TEXAS WOMEN

According to a poll released yesterday, Texas women overwhelmingly prefer Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott to Democrat candidate Wendy Davis, undermining the inaccurate and inflammatory "war on women" rhetoric Sen. Davis repeatedly uses in her campaign.

From Red State Women


April 16, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: JUANDELLE LACY ROBERTS ENDORSES DAN BRANCH FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Today, Juandelle Lacy Roberts, a Texas Federation of Republican Women board member and former President of the Midland County Republican Women, announced her endorsement of Dan Branch for Attorney General.

From Dan Branch Campaign


April 16, 2014

RYAN SITTON CAMPAIGN: TEXAS ALLIANCE FOR LIFE PAC ENDORSES RYAN SITTON FOR RAILROAD COMMISSIONER

Ryan Sitton, conservative Republican candidate for Railroad Commissioner, announced today the endorsement of Texas Alliance for Life PAC.

From Ryan Sitton Campaign


April 16, 2014

WAYNE CHRISTIAN CAMPAIGN: LEGISLATORS WEIGH IN ON RAILROAD COMMISSION RACE

Today, Wayne Christian released a list of current and future legislators that have endorsed his campaign for State Representative. The diverse list contains legislators from virtually all corners of the state.

From Wayne Christian Campaign


April 16, 2014

TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: PHYSICIANS HELP CREATE A HEALTHY TEXAS ECONOMY

Physician practices add value to Texas’ economy by producing tens of billions of dollars in revenue each year and providing hundreds of thousands of jobs. “The National Economic Impact of Physicians,” a new study conducted for the American Medical Association (AMA) and state medical societies, found Texas’ 47,000-plus practicing physicians boost the state’s economy by supporting 522,619 jobs and generating $78.6 billion in economic activity.

From Texas Medical Association


April 16, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: GOVERNOR'S OFFICE ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR STAR OF TEXAS AWARDS

Gov. Rick Perry’s office is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Star of Texas Awards, which honor peace officers, firefighters and emergency medical first responders who were seriously injured or killed in the line of duty. Nominations for this year's awards must be submitted to the Governor's Office by June 15, 2014, with the awards ceremony taking place in September.

From Office of the Governor


April 16, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: NEW WEB AD: "OH, THE HYPOCRISY"

Texans for Greg Abbott today released a new web ad, “Oh The Hypocrisy,” highlighting Sen. Wendy Davis’ continued ethical lapses. “As revelations regarding Sen. Davis’ unethical conduct continue to pile up, Texas voters are taking note, yet Sen. Davis continues to stonewall when asked to release her full client list and sources of income,” said Communications Director Matt Hirsch.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


April 16, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE GEORGE LAVENDER: HISTORIC LOCAL BUSINESSES TO RECEIVE TEXAS TREASURE BUSINESS AWARD

4 local businesses, representing collectively 376 years of continuous operation, will each receive the Texas Treasure Business Award on Tuesday, April 22nd at a ceremony hosted by State Representative George Lavender, Texarkana Main Street and the Texarkana Museums System. The businesses to be honored are F.W. Offenhauser & Company, Bryce's Cafeteria, Firmin's Printing and Office Equipment Company, and Aycock Distributing Company.

From Representative George Lavender


April 16, 2014

TDP: THE REAL DAN PATRICK EMERGES: HYPER-PARTISAN, ANTI-IMMIGRANT

SHOT: Last night, at the start of an immigration debate with Mayor Julian Castro, Senator Dan Patrick said, "This is an important discussion tonight and I hope that we will stay away from politics and talk about what is maybe the most important public policy issue that faces Texans and Americans.”

From Texas Democratic Party


April 16, 2014

SAVE TEXAS WATER: ADVISORY COUNCIL RECOGNIZES MUNICIPAL AWARD WINNERS FOR THEIR WATER CONSERVATION EFFORTS

The Water Conservation Advisory Council (Council) announced the winners of the 2014 Blue Legacy Award in Municipal Water Conservation. The Blue Legacy Award in Municipal is an annual award that recognizes the outstanding water conservation efforts and successes of municipal water conservation.

From Save Texas Water


April 16, 2014

KONNI BURTON CAMPAIGN: BURTON ENDORSED BY TARRANT COUNTY JUDGE GLEN WHITLEY

Today the Konni Burton campaign announced the endorsement of Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley. Judge Whitley is a long time Tarrant County public servant, serving as a Tarrant County Commissioner and in his current role as Judge.

From Konni Burton Campaign


April 16, 2014

INSURANCE COUNCIL OF TEXAS: EXPERTS ON INSURANCE FRAUD COMING TO AUSTIN

Insurance investigators from Texas and around the country will converge on Austin later this month to hear national experts discuss the latest in the fight against insurance fraud. These experts include the head of the National Insurance Crime Bureau who will be the first guest speaker at the upcoming 16th Annual Texas Department of Insurance Fraud Conference.

From Insurance Council of Texas


April 16, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE TREY MARTINEZ FISCHER: RELEASED THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT

Today, Representative Trey Martinez Fischer released the following statement: “Dan Patrick and the Texas GOP ought to work with and for the Latino community, instead they have been placing targets on their backs.

From Representative Trey Martinez Fischer


April 16, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: PATRICK DECLARES VICTORY

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and authentic conservative candidate for Lieutenant Governor, declared victory tonight following the Univision conversation in San Antonio with Mayor Julian Castro and moderated by the Texas Tribune’s Evan Smith.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


April 16, 2014

TDP: TEXAS VALUES PREVAIL IN IMMIGRATION DEBATE

In tonight's debate between Democratic Mayor Julian Castro and Republican State Senator Dan Patrick, Mayor Castro was the clear victor. Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: “Mayor Castro did an excellent job tonight, valiantly representing our democratic values.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 16, 2014

TDP: TEXAS LEADERS REPOND: TREY MARTINEZ FISCHER ON DAN PATRICK AND TEXAS REPUBLICANS

Tonight, Mayor Julian Castro debated Dan Patrick regarding immigration. Texas leaders from around the state weigh in. Representative Trey Martinez Fischer released the following statement: “Dan Patrick and the Texas GOP ought to work with and for the Latino community, instead they have been placing targets on their backs.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 16, 2014

TDP: TEXAS LEADERS RESPOND: ARMANDO "MANDO" MARTINEZ ON SOUTH TEXAS

Tonight, Mayor Julian Castro debated Dan Patrick regarding immigration. Texas leaders from around the state weigh in. Representative Armando “Mando” Martinez released the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


April 16, 2014

TDP: TEXAS LEADERS REPOND: MARY GONZALEZ ON THE BORDER REGION

Tonight, Mayor Julian Castro debated Dan Patrick regarding immigration. Texas leaders from around the state weigh in. State Representative Mary Gonzalez released the following statement: “Tonight, the people of El Paso experienced the real Dan Patrick.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 16, 2014

TDP: TEXAS LEADERS RESPOND: CELIA ISRAEL ON EDUCATION

Tonight, Mayor Julian Castro debated Dan Patrick regarding immigration. Texas leaders from around the state weigh in. State Representative Celia Israel released the following statement: "Families in Central Texas and the Latino community understand education is the key to a better future.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 16, 2014

TDP: TEXANS REMEMBER: DAN PATRICK'S THINLY VEILED RACISM

Chairman of Associated Republicans of Texas Said Patrick’s Rhetoric “Sounds Like Thinly Veiled Racism.” In February 2014, New York Times reported Republicans have criticized Dan Patrick for his remarks, “I understand the need to address the issue of illegal immigration, and I understand the need to secure borders, and I realize that’s critically important,” said Hector De Leon, a chairman of the Associated Republicans of Texas.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 16, 2014

TDP: TEXANS REMEMBER: DAN PATRICK PAINTED BORDER SECURITY IN DIRE TERMS

Patrick Raised Money To Buy A Plane Equipped With Infrared Surveillance Technology In Order To Crack Down On Illegal Immigration On The Border. In November 2006, Dan Patrick’s radio station raised money for Eyes on the Border, in order to buy a plane equipped with infrared surveillance technology and state-of-the-art communications equipment, and give it to the sheriffs in two West Texas counties to help crack down on illegal immigration and drug trafficking.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 16, 2014

TDP: TEXANS REMEMBER: DAN PATRICK DOESN'T HAVE A HEART

Gov. Rick Perry Signed Texas DREAM Act in 2001 And Said Those Who Would Not Educate Children of Immigrants Do Not Have A Heart. In 2001, Gov. Rick Perry signed the Texas DREAM Act to allow Texas students to pay in-state tuition prices even if they lack legal status in the United States.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 16, 2014

TDP: TEXANS REMEMBER: DAN PATRICK'S TOXIC RHETORIC TOWARDS IMMIGRANT COMMUNITY

Mayor Castro Called Patrick The “Most Anti-Immigrant Republican Running For Office.” In February 2014, New York Times reported, “Mr. Patrick’s description of the influx of undocumented immigrants from Mexico to Texas as an ‘illegal invasion’ drew the ire of Mayor Julián Castro of San Antonio, a Democrat, who called Mr. Patrick the ‘most anti-immigrant Republican running for office.’” [New York Times, 2/7/2014]

From Texas Democratic Party


April 15, 2014

SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE: VETERAN AFFAIRS COMMITTEE EXAMINES WORKFORCE ISSUES

Today, Texas state Senator Leticia Van de Putte (District 26, Bexar County) chaired a hearing of the Senate Veteran Affairs & Military Installations (VAMI) Committee, examining the employment challenges still facing veterans and their families as they transition to civilian life.

From Senator Leticia Van De Putte


April 15, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER CHRISTI CRADDICK APPLAUDS SUCCESS OF RAILROAD COMMISSION RECYCLING MEASURES ON ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF RULE AMENDMENTS

Today, Commissioner Christi Craddick highlighted progress made by the Texas oil and gas industry in water conservation, aided by the Railroad Commission’s recycling measures enacted one year ago to date.

From Texas Railroad Commission


April 15, 2014

TDP: 5 QUESTIONS RICK PERRY NEEDS TO ANSWER

On Monday, a grand jury was sworn in to investigate if Governor Rick Perry acted improperly when he withheld money from the Travis County district attorney’s office by vetoing a $7.5 million, two-year appropriation to the Public Integrity Unit. [Houston Chronicle, 4/14/14]

From Texas Democratic Party


April 15, 2014

GRASSROOTS AMERICA: CALLS ON CANDIDATE SITTON TO COME CLEAN

Grassroots America – We the People PAC, one of the largest constitutional conservative organizations in Texas, today called on Republican Primary runoff candidate for Railroad Commissioner Ryan Sitton to make good on his promises of full disclosure.

From Grassroots America


April 15, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON VETERAN AFFAIRS AND MILITARY INSTALLATIONS HEARING

Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement following testimony at the Senate Committee on Veteran Affairs and Military Installations hearing today:

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


April 15, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: ICYMI: DALLAS MORNING NEWS: WENDY DAVIS SLAMS GREG ABBOTT'S EDUCATION PLAN, SAYS HE WANTS TO TEST FOUR YEAR OLDS

Wendy Davis slams Greg Abbott's education plan, says he wants to test four year olds [Dallas Morning News, Gromer Jeffers, 4.15.14] Wendy Davis on Tuesday continued her assault on rival Greg Abbott's Pre-kindergarten plan, saying the attorney general supported making four year olds take standardized tests.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 15, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: NATIONAL CONSERVATIVE ORGANIZATION FAMILY RESEARCH COUNCIL ACTION PAC ENDORSES KEN PAXTON

Senator Ken Paxton, Republican candidate for Texas Attorney General, today earned the endorsement of the Family Research Council (FRC) Action PAC.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


April 15, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: ICYMI: GOVERNORS PERRY, SCOTT AND JINDAL URGE PRESIDENT OBAMA TO STRENGTHEN MEDICARE ADVANTAGE

Gov. Rick Perry, Florida Gov. Rick Scott and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal today sent a letter urging President Barack Obama to take meaningful steps to strengthen and improve the Medicare Advantage program.

From Office of the Governor


April 15, 2014

TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: HISTORIC TEXAS CITY EXPLOSION FEATURED IN TMA EXHIBIT

The deadliest industrial accident in U.S. history 67 years ago this week in Texas City — one that changed the state’s emergency response system — is chronicled in a Texas Medical Association (TMA) exhibit.

From Texas Medical Association


April 15, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: GILLESPIE COUNTY SHERIFF BUDDY MILLS ENDORSES DAN BRANCH FOR ATTORNEY GENERALBRANCH

Today, Gillespie County Sheriff Buddy Mills announced his endorsement of Dan Branch for Attorney General. Sheriff Mills is the twenty-fifth active Texas Republican sheriff to support Dan Branch's candidacy for Attorney General.

From Dan Branch Campaign


April 15, 2014

RYAN SITTON CAMPAIGN: CHAIRMAN BARRY SMITHERMAN ENDORSES RYAN SITTON

Ryan Sitton, conservative Republican candidate for Railroad Commissioner, announced today the endorsement of Chairman Barry Smitherman. Chairman Smitherman is the current Chairman of the Railroad Commission and has served on the Commission since 2011.

From Ryan Sitton Campaign


April 15, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: WENDY DAVIS TO HAVE ROUTINE NECK SURGERY TOMORROW TO CORRECT COMMON ISSUE EXPERIENCED BY RUNNERS

Wendy Davis Communications Director Zac Petkanas released the following statement: "After experiencing shoulder and right arm pain in recent weeks, Senator Davis will have a routine surgical procedure to remove bone spurs and degenerative discs that are creating compression on the nerves in her neck.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 15, 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS: AND FORT WORTH AND ARLINGTON LAW ENFORCEMENT COMPLETE JOINT OPERATION CRACKING DOWN ON DOMESTIC VIOLENCE

The Office of the Attorney General’s Fugitive Apprehension Unit coordinated a law enforcement operation with local, state and federal law enforcement authorities that led to the arrest of 33 fugitives with outstanding felony and misdemeanor family violence arrest warrants.

From Attorney General of Texas


April 15, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT PLAYS DEFENSE AS SURROGATE ADMITS WHAT CAMPAIGN HAS DENIED FOR WEEKS: EDUCATION PLAN IMPOSES STANDARDIZED TESTING ON 4 YEAR OLDS

Another surrogate yesterday caused headaches for the Greg Abbott campaign by admitting (finally), during an Abbott sponsored online education townhall, that the Abbott pre-K plan calls for standardized testing on four year olds

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 15, 2014

KEEP TEXAS WORKING PAC: ANNOUNCES ENDORSEMENTS FOR THE REPUBLICAN PRIMARY

Today, Keep Texas Working PAC announced its endorsements for the May 27th Republican Primary Runoffs. The PAC is dedicated to supporting conservative, pro-business and pro-job growth candidates who are committed to maintaining and strengthening Texas’ position as the top state for business and job creation.

From Keep Texas Working PAC


April 15, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JOAQUIN CASTRO: ON TAX DAY, REP. CASTRO CALLS ON CONGRESS TO RESTORE TAX FAIRNESS FOR MIDDLE CLASS

On Tax Day, Rep. Joaquin Castro (TX-20) introduced the Cut Taxes for the Middle Class Act (H.R. 4469) to restore tax fairness for America’s middle class families.

From Representative Joaquin Castro


April 15, 2014

SUPPORT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS: OFFERS FOUR IDEAS FOR NEW DALLAS ISD UNDER HOME RULE

Today, leaders from Support Our Public Schools proposed four new ideas for Dallas ISD under Home Rule: participation, accountability, flexibility and unity.

From Support Our Public Schools


April 15, 2014

STRATEGIC PUBLIC AFFAIRS: NEW HIRES AT STRATEGIC PUBLIC AFFAIRS

Strategic Public Affairs®, a Houston-based public affairs firm, is proud to announce that Libbie Krueger has joined their team as a Manager. She is responsible for government relations, public relations and other communications efforts.

From Strategic Public Affairs


April 15, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT RELEASES TAX RETURN

Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch today released the following statement regarding the release of Greg Abbott's tax return: "On Tax Day, Greg Abbott is once again taking the lead in releasing his 2013 tax return in the spirit of transparency and honesty that Texas voters deserve.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


April 15, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: ICYMI: SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS-NEWS: WENDY DAVIS CONTINUES ATTACK ON GREG ABBOTT'S PRE-K PLAN

Wendy Davis, Democratic candidate for governor, bashed Republican opponent Greg Abbott's plan for educating the state's pre-kindergarten students Monday, which she insists would include standardized testing for preschoolers.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 15, 2014

GORDY BUNCH CAMPAIGN: BUNCH SUPPORTS TAKEOVER OF BEAUMONT SCHOOL DISTRICT

“I applaud Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams’ decision to place a conservator in charge of the Beaumont Independent School District (BISD).

From Gordy Bunch Campaign


April 14, 2014

RPT: ANNOUNCES COMMISSIONER CHRISTI CRADDICK TO LEAD VICTORY 2014 CAMPAIGN

The Republican Party of Texas is excited to announce Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick will chair the Victory 2014 effort. As Chair, Commissioner Craddick is committed to leading the Republican team into the election this fall - raising the needed funds to finance an extensive and comprehensive political operation that will identify, register and turn out voters in the coming months of the election year.

From Republican Party of Texas


April 14, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS CALLS OUT OPPONENT'S PLAN TO TEST 4 YEAR OLDS WHILE GREG ABBOTT CONTINUES TO HIDE

After attending a hearing on HB5, Wendy Davis addressed supporters on the clear choice between her plan to ensure all Texas children have access to full day pre-K, and Greg Abbott's proposal to impose standardized testing onto four year olds in order to pick and choose which Texas child gets access to a quality education.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 14, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: PAXTON ENDORSED BY FBI FORMER ASSOCIATE DEPUTY DIRECTOR OLIVER "BUCK" REVELL

The Ken Paxton campaign today announced the endorsement of The Honorable Oliver "Buck" Revell, former Associate Deputy Director of the FBI and former Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Dallas Region. Revell stated, “While serving as former chairman of Greater Dallas Crime Commission and as throughout my career with the FBI, I’ve had the opportunity to interact with many elected officials and members of the legal community.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


April 14, 2014

TDP: PERRY TAKES A PAGE FROM THE CHRISTIE PLAYBOOK

For the first time since 1917 a Texas Governor is facing possible indictment charges. [Texas State Library] Governor Rick Perry has retained a defense lawyer to represent him in a criminal investigation into whether he illegally withheld money from the Travis County district attorney’s office when he vetoed a $7.5 million, two-year appropriation to the Public Integrity Unit, when the District Attorney refused to resign. [Austin American-Statesman, 4/13/14]

From Texas Democratic Party


April 14, 2014

TOMMY MERRITT CAMPAIGN: TOMMY MERRITT, CONSERVATIVE AG COMMISSIONER CANDIDATE, UNVEILS ALICE LINAHAN-STYLE "CAN I SEE" SCHOOL LUNCH PROGRAM INITIATIVE

exas parents tired of Washington mandates that rob our children of top-­?quality educations have found an ally in conservative GOP Agriculture Commissioner candidate Tommy Merritt.

From Tommy Merritt Campaign


April 14, 2014

CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY PRIORITIES: NEW STUDY POINTS TO PROMISING CLASSROOM FINANCIAL EDUCATION STRATEGY

As organizations nationwide commemorate Financial Capability Month, the results of a first-of-its-kind study exploring the impact of school-based financial education and account access in elementary schools underscore the promising benefits early financial education can have on academic performance and student attitudes toward saving money.

From Center for Public Policy Priorities


April 14, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: SREC MEMBER BECKY BERGER ENDORSES DAN BRANCH FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Today, Becky Berger, current member of the State Republican Executive Committee and the Texas Federation of Republican Women, announced her endorsement of Dan Branch for Attorney General.

From Dan Branch Campaign


April 14, 2014

TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD: MEETING FEATURES SPECIAL SESSION ON INNOVATIVE WATER SOLUTIONS

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) will hold a board meeting in Austin at the Texas State Capitol Building, 1100 Congress Avenue, Room E2.030, on April 17, 2014, with sessions to be held at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

From Texas Water Development Board


April 14, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: WORKFORCE EDUCATION TIED TO ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT

Across the United States, political leaders are beginning to tie the benefits of workforce education to increased economic development. By ensuring that individuals have some post-high school credentials, like a trade certificate or college degree, states are more competitive in recruiting and keeping companies.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


April 14, 2014

KATHIE GLASS CAMPAIGN: GLASS WINS LIBERTARIAN NOMINATION FOR TEXAS GOVERNOR

At the Libertarian Party of Texas state convention on Saturday, April 12, Kathie Glass won the Party's nomination for Texas governor. Ms. Glass was also the Party's nominee in 2010. "I am pleased to have once again been honored with this important nomination," said Ms. Glass.

From Kathie Glass Campaign


April 14, 2014

TEXAS COALITION FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION: CALLS FOR HALL'S RESIGNATION

The Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education today called on University of Texas System Regent Wallace L. Hall Jr. to resign, citing a comprehensive investigation conducted for the Texas Legislature by an outside law firm, which concludes he has abused his office in ways the Coalition believes are creating a toxic distraction to higher education’s fundamental mission of educating students.

From Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education


April 14, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JASON VILLALBA: TO SRIRACHA: JOB THREATENING GOVERNMENT OVER-REACH IS THE REAL "PUBLIC NUISANCE"

Today Texas State Representative Jason Villalba (District 114) issued the following statement in reaction to the news that the Irwindale City Council passed a resolution deeming Huy Fong Foods a public nuisance at the April meeting: “I am astonished and dismayed by the recent actions of the Irwindale City Council to further hinder the operations of local small business, Huy Fong Foods.

From Representative Jason Villalba


April 14, 2014

JOHN RATCLIFFE CAMPAIGN: HALL REFUSING TO DEBATE DURING TWO WEEK RECESS

Former U.S. Attorney and conservative Republican candidate for Texas’ 4th congressional district John Ratcliffe today reiterated his call for five public debates with his Republican primary runoff opponent, 34-year incumbent Congressman Ralph Hall (R-TX).

From John Ratcliffe Campaign


April 14, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: SEN. DAVIS' ETHICAL LAPSES CONTINUE TO MOUNT

The Dallas Morning News reported yesterday on Sen. Wendy Davis’ conflicts of interest as a state Senator, uncovering that she has “voted on bills affecting clients and her law firm’s bottom line.” Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch today released the following statement regarding Sen. Davis' continued ethical lapses:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


April 14, 2014

STEVE BROWN CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON OHIO EARTHQUAKES BEING LINKED TO FRACKING

In response to a recent study linking earthquakes to fracking Steve Brown, Democratic Nominee for the Texas Railroad Commission, released the following statement.

From Steve Brown Campaign


April 14, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: PROCLAMATION 2016 TO INCLUDE ETHNIC STUDIES MATERIALS

The State Board of Education Friday broadened its call for new textbooks for Special Topics in Social Studies to include but not be limited to, Mexican American Studies, African American Studies, Native American Studies and Asian American Studies.

From Texas Education Agency


April 14, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: REFLECTING ON RICHARD CORTEZ'S SPEECH ON VALLEY'S ECONOMY

The recent speech by former McAllen Mayor Richard Cortez sponsored by Futuro McAllen about the future of the Rio Grande Valley economy reinforces my belief that education is the best economic development tool we have. I applaud Cortez for sharing his ideas and bringing these critical issues to light.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


April 14, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST APPOINTS SENATORS TO JOINT HUMAN TRAFFICKING COMMITTEE

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst appointed seven Senators to the Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking. The committee, established in 2011 and renewed by the Texas Legislature last year through House Concurrent Resolution 57, will build upon its previous work by studying ways to further combat human trafficking and identifying services available to its victims.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 14, 2014

JOHN RATCLIFFE CAMPAIGN: RATCLIFFE ENDORSED BY SENATE CONSERVATIVES FUND

Former U.S. Attorney and Republican candidate for Texas’ 4th Congressional District John Ratcliffe has received the endorsement of Senate Conservatives Fund. "John Ratcliffe is a principled, conservative leader who will fight to stop the massive spending and debt in Washington that are bankrupting our country," said SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins.

From John Ratcliffe Campaign


April 11, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: ISSUES FOIA REQUEST TO WHITE HOUSE

Texans for Greg Abbott sent a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request to the White House today requesting they release any photos of Sen. Wendy Davis and President Obama taken by the White House during their meeting on Thursday, a meeting closed to press and photographers.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


April 11, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE SERGIO MUNOZ, JR.: AND THE HIDALGO COUNTY RMA ANNOUNCE OPENING DAY OF THE OVERWEIGHT/OVERSIZE CORRIDOR PERMITTING

A large group of produce, logistics, and other stakeholders gathered this morning at the McAllen Convention Center to hear the Hidalgo County Regional Mobility Authority announce that today permits are available to use the Overweight/Oversize Corridor.

From Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.


April 11, 2014

SENATOR DONNA CAMPBELL: STATEMENT ON PLANNED PARENTHOOD'S PETITION OF HB 2

State Sen. Donna Campbell released a statement in response to the petition filed by Planned Parenthood asking the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to reconsider the constitutionality of provisions in HB 2:

From Senator Donna Campbell


April 11, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS TO ABBOTT: NO STANDARDIZED TESTS FOR 4 YEAR OLDS

Today Senator Wendy Davis held a press conference in Corpus Christi and called out Greg Abbott regarding his plan to impose government mandated standardized testing on pre-k students.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 11, 2014

GORDY BUNCH CAMPAIGN: BUNCH EXPRESSES APPRECIATION AND ADMIRATION FOR TEXAS PATRIOTS PAC RECOMMENDATION

“This proves that the Texas Patriots PAC Tea Party is living up to its core values of recommending qualified conservative candidates to its membership and voters throughout Texas,” Gordy Bunch said in recognizing his recommendation by the influential group.

From Gordy Bunch Campaign


April 11, 2014

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: STATEMENT ON TEXAS SBOE'S VOTE ON ETHNIC STUDIES

The Texas State Board of Education today voted 12-2 to call for publishers to submit instructional materials next year for locally developed elective courses in Mexican-American, African-American, Asian-American and Native American studies. Districts choosing to offer such courses could do so using the state’s Special Topics in Social Studies curriculum standards.

From Texas Freedom Network


April 11, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: VIDEO: MSNBC: CHARLES MURRAY, GREG ABBOTT'S "ADVISOR," GOES NATIONAL

Key Points The controversy surrounding Abbott's pre-k plan is going national after reports that Abbott's advisor, Charles Murray, has doubled down on his attacks on women. This comes after Abbott announced he will force pre-k children to take standardized tests:

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 11, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT'S RECORD DISHONORS LBJ LEGACY

Prominent Americans from both parties—including Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter—have taken time this week to be part of the moving tribute to former President Lyndon B. Johnson, recognizing his courageous work to win passage of the U.S. Civil and Voting Rights Acts.

From Lone Star Project


April 11, 2014

TDP: WINS POLLIE AWARD

The Texas Democratic Party is proud to announce our Pollie Award win for Best State or Local Organization Website. The Texas Democratic Party was recognized by the American Association of Political Consultants for outstanding work in politics and public affairs in conjunction with Trilogy Interactive.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 11, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: SEN. DAVIS AVOIDS THE PRESS: PRESIDENT OBAMA EDITION

Yesterday President Obama Met With Sen. Davis: Wall Street Journal Headline: “Obama Meets With Texas Hopeful Wendy Davis” (Wall Street Journal, 4/10/14) USA Today Headline: “Obama Meets With Wendy Davis; GOP Pounces” (USA Today, 4/10/14)

From Greg Abbott Campaign


April 11, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT'S CRACKERJACK CAMPAIGN TEAM USES LAMEST EXCUSE IN CAMPAIGN HISTORY TO SALVAGE DISASTROUS EDUCATION ROLLOUT

The rollout of Greg Abbott's pre-K education plan has been an unmitigated disaster. Last week, the coverage was dominated by the fact that Abbott included the ideas of fringe thinker Charles Murray in his proposal - someone who has argued that "men have larger brain than women".

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 11, 2014

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: REMARKS BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH AT THE CIVIL RIGHTS SUMMIT

Thank you. (Applause.) Be seated. Thank you all very much. It is an honor to be back to the LBJ Library. Last time I was here I introduced my mother, which is a pretty tough task. (Laughter.) You know, I’m impressed by the new renovations, Mark.

From President George W. Bush


April 11, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT OP-ED: "STATE SHOULD HELP ACCOUNTABLE PRE-K PROGRAMS"

Education is the foundation on which futures are built. Reading and math skills are the cement. If we want a Texas where more students graduate from high school college-ready or career-ready, we must build a secure foundation of education excellence.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


April 11, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: FANNIN COUNTY SHERIFF DONNIE FOSTER ENDORSES DAN BRANCH FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Today, Fannin County Sheriff Donnie Foster announced his endorsement of Dan Branch for Attorney General. Sheriff Foster is the twenty-fourth active Republican sheriff in Texas to support Dan Branch's candidacy for Attorney General.

From Dan Branch Campaign


April 10, 2014

MAIN STREET GROWTH & OPPORTUNITY COALITION: WELCOMES FIVE NEW MEMBERS

The Main Street Growth & Opportunity Coalition, an alliance of businesses, trade associations and individuals committed to supporting a common sense, pro-growth agenda, today announced five new steering committee members with a special focus on federal tax reform with Tax Day just a week away.

From Main Street Growth and Opportunity Coalition


April 10, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE HELEN GIDDINGS: MAKING CERTAIN EVERY GIRL IS CINDERELLA ON PROM NIGHT

Representative Helen Giddings (D-Dallas) has organized a "Prom Dress Event" and has collected formal prom dresses for girls at local area high schools to help provide all young women with a positive prom experience.

From Representative Helen Giddings


April 10, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: WHAT DID SEN. DAVIS AND PRESIDENT

Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch today released the following statement responding to Sen. Davis' private meeting with President Obama today:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


April 10, 2014

STEVE TOTH CAMPAIGN: TOTH ENDORSED FOR TEXAS SENATE BY FIVE FORMER OR CURRENT STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION (SBOE) MEMBERS

Today, Rep. Steve Toth, conservative Republican candidate for Texas Senate, announced the endorsement of five current and former members of the State Board of Education (SBOE) members. Those endorsing Toth include current SBOE members David Bradley from District 7 in Beaumont and Ken Mercer from District 5 in San Antonio.

From Steve Toth Campaign


April 10, 2014

RED STATE WOMEN: BUSINESS IS BETTER IN TEXAS FOR WOMEN

Reports regularly confirm Texas as one of the best states in the nation for job creation and economic success. A recent report by American Express shows that business is better in Texas, especially for women.

From Red State Women


April 10, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST JOINS DATA FOUNDRY AT GROUNDBREAKING

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst helped Data Foundry, the Texas-based data center operator, break ground at a ceremony for Houston 2, the company's newest data center located in the North Houston district of Greens Crossing. Dewhurst spoke to Data Founder employees and community leaders in a ceremony on the ground floor of the company's newest and largest data center.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 10, 2014

PLANNED PARENTHOOD: PETITIONS FIFTH CIRCUIT FOR EN BANC REVIEW OF DECISION RESTRICTING TEXAS WOMEN'S ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE

Today, Planned Parenthood affiliates in Texas filed a petition on behalf of their patients to request that the full bench of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals consider the constitutionality of harmful abortion restrictions that were struck down by a federal district court last fall.

From Planned Parenthood


April 10, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT EDUCATION ADVISOR DOUBLES DOWN ON ANTI-WOMAN COMMENTS

Charles Murray, author of The Bell Curve and Coming Apart: The State of White America and a "white nationalist" according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, has been in the news lately because Republican politicians like Greg Abbott, who is running for governor against Wendy Davis in Texas, and Paul Ryan like citing him as an expert on things like education and economics.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 10, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: SREC MEMBER GEORGE ANTUNA ENDORSES DAN BRANCH FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Today, George Antuna, State Republican Executive Committee member and a founder of the Hispanic Republicans of Texas, announced his endorsement of Dan Branch for Attorney General. In addition to his leadership among Texas conservatives, Mr. Antuna serves as a member of the Schertz City Council.

From Dan Branch Campaign


April 10, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: PAXTON WINS SUPPORT FROM LARGEST COUNTY DEPUTIES' ORGANIZATION IN TEXAS

Senator Ken Paxton today earned another major law enforcement endorsement, gaining steam with an official nod from the Harris County Deputies' Organization. With nearly 1,700 members of Deputy Sheriffs and Deputy Constables, the Harris County Deputies’ Organization is the largest county Deputies’ organization in Texas.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


April 10, 2014

KONNI BURTON CAMPAIGN: BURTON ENDORSED BY TARRANT COUNTY DISTRICT CLERK AND CONSTABLE

Today the Konni Burton campaign announced the endorsement of District Clerk, Tom Wilder and Mansfield Constable Clint Burgess. Tom Wilder formerly supported both Burton and Shelton prior to the March 4th election but has now come out squarely behind Konni Burton.

From Konni Burton Campaign


April 10, 2014

SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE: WELCOMES WALL THAT HEALS TO SAN ANTONIO

This morning, state Senator Leticia Van de Putte (District 26, Bexar County) helped welcome the Wall That Heals for a four-day stay in San Antonio. The Wall that Heals is an exhibition created by the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund (VVMF) to travel to communities across the United States.

From Senator Leticia Van De Putte


April 10, 2014

TEXANS FOR LAWSUIT REFORM PAC: ENDORSES SEN. DAN PATRICK FOR LT. GOVERNOR

Texans for Lawsuit Reform Political Action Committee announced today that it is endorsing Sen. Dan Patrick in the May 27th Republican Run-Off Election for Lt. Governor. Tort reform is a bedrock principle in the Texas Republican Party and both GOP Run-Off candidates for Lt. Governor have solid records supporting legislation to reduce lawsuit abuse and assure that the Texas civil justice system remains fair and balanced.

From Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC


April 10, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: TLR JOINS PATRICK TEAM

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and authentic conservative candidate for Lieutenant Governor, was informed today that he is receiving the endorsement of Texans for Lawsuit Reform PAC (TLRPAC). TLR PAC supported and endorsed David Dewhurst in the March 4 Primary.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


April 10, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: APPLAUDS SBOE VOTE TO CREATE MEXICAN AMERICAN STUDIES TOPIC

The State Board of Education (SBOE) voted 11-3 to add Special Topics in Social Studies to include Mexican American, African American, Native American and Asian American Studies. "This is a step forward," said Senator José Rodríguez, Chairman of the Senate Hispanic Caucus (SHC), which sent a letter of support for a Mexican American Studies curriculum to the SBOE earlier this week.

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


April 10, 2014

GLENN CALLISON CAMPAIGN: CLEAT ENDORSES CONSERVATIVE GLENN CALLISON FOR TEXAS HOUSE

The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) today announced their endorsement of conservative Glenn Callison, Republican candidate to succeed Van Taylor as State Representative of Texas House District 66, the area encompassing Southwest Collin County, including West Plano and parts of North Dallas and Carrollton.

From Glenn Callison Campaign


April 9, 2014

SENATOR KIRK WATSON: STATESMAN VETERAN TO JOIN TEAM WATSON

Kate Alexander, a veteran of the Austin American-Statesman state desk and an authority on Texas budget and education policy, is joining State Senator Kirk Watson’s staff, Senator Watson announced Wednesday. Alexander has worked at the Statesman since 2002, covering both Travis County and City of Austin government before joining the Capitol press corps six years ago.

From Senator Kirk Watson


April 9, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: WILL SEN. DAVIS MEET HER OBAMACARE ALLIES IN HOUSTON?

Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch today released the following statement questioning whether Sen. Davis will join President Obama, Senate Majority Leader Reid and House Minority Leader Pelosi in Houston, Texas this evening:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


April 9, 2014

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS MOURN THE FALLEN AT FORT HOOD

Today, for the second time in five years, a memorial service will be held at Fort Hood Military Base to honor soldiers killed at home. With the news of the fatal shooting at the Fort Hood Military Base, Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


April 9, 2014

TEXAS COALITION FOR EXCELLENCE IN HIGHER EDUCATION

Following the public release of the “Investigative Report to the House Select Committee in State Agency Operations regarding Conduct by University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall and Impeachment Under the June 25, 2013 Proclamation,” the Coalition issued the following statement:

From Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education


April 9, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS FIVE TO STAR + PLUS NURSING FACILITY ADVISORY COMMITTEE

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed five members to the STAR + PLUS Facility Advisory Committee for terms to expire at the pleasure of the governor. Pursuant to Senate Bill 7 of the 83rd Regular Legislative Session, the committee advises the Texas Health and Human Services Commission on the implementation of the transfer of nursing facility services to the STAR+PLUS Medicaid managed care model.

From Office of the Governor


April 9, 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS: ABBOTT HONORS FORT HOOD VICTIMS

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today traveled to Fort Hood, where he attended the memorial service for the victims of last week’s fatal shooting. Wednesday’s attack claimed the lives of three military veterans and wounded 16 others.

From Attorney General of Texas


April 9, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST ATTENDS FT. HOOD MEMORIAL SERVICE

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst joined fellow mourners at Fort Hood in Killeen to honor the victims of last week's shooting. Following the memorial service, Lt. Governor Dewhurst expressed his condolences to the families of the fallen on behalf of the People of Texas:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 9, 2014

RYAN SITTON CAMPAIGN: SITTON ANNOUNCES STATE REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE ENDORSEMENTS

Ryan Sitton, conservative Republican candidate for Railroad Commissioner, announced today the endorsement of eighteen members of the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC). “I am grateful to have the support of so many leaders that serve on the State Republican Executive Committee,” said Ryan Sitton.

From Ryan Sitton Campaign


April 9, 2014

BOB DEUELL CAMPAIGN: STATE SENATOR BOB DEUELL MD ENDORSES SENATOR DAN PATRICK IN RUNOFF FOR LT. GOVERNOR OF TEXAS

Below is the endorsement statement by State Senator Bob Deuell MD of Dan Patrick in the runoff for Texas Lt. Governor. Today, I am joining Republican leaders across Texas in endorsing my friend and State Senate colleague Dan Patrick for Lt. Governor. Dan and I both currently serve as Republican State Senate Committee Chairmen and have worked together in the trenches for Texas conservative values and individual liberties.

From Bob Deuell Campaign


April 9, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE BILL CALLEGARI: THE NEW DIRECTION TO TEXAS WATER SOLUTIONS

The persistence of drought has inaugurated a new era of water planning in Texas. Faced with evaporating reservoirs and drying groundwater wells, communities throughout this state are reaching for innovative water supply solutions.

From Representative Bill Callegari


April 9, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DAWNNA DUKES: REMEMBERS MR. ASKEY

On behalf of Mrs. Gil (Hellen) Askey, it is with a heavy heart that I inform the world of the passing of Austin’s own Motown legend, Gil Askey, this morning April 9, 2014 in Melbourne Australia. Born in Austin on March 7, 1925 to Ada DeBlanc Simond and Aubrey Askey, he recently celebrated his 89th birthday.

From Representative Dawnna Dukes


April 9, 2014

TDP: DNC VOTER EXPANSION PROJECT ANNOUNCES FIRST STAFF HIRE: TEXAS STATE DIRECTOR

As part of the Democratic National Committee’s Voter Expansion Project, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz today announced the hiring of Sondra Haltom as Texas State Director to be based in Austin. These hires come just days after the New York Times report detailing the Republican Party’s attempts to limit voting rights in Texas, and where the Justice Department has had to intervene.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 9, 2014

SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE: PAYS RESPECT AT FORT HOOD MEMORIAL SERVICE

State Senator Leticia Van de Putte (District 26, Bexar County, and Chair of the Veteran Affairs and Military Installations Committee) today is attending the memorial service for those slain in last week’s shooting at Fort Hood. She issued the following statement:

From Senator Leticia Van De Putte


April 9, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: RESPONDS TO NEW ACCOUNTABILITY STANDARDS ISSUED BY EDUCATION COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS

Students will only have to pass two end-of-course exams to be considered career or college ready, even if those exams are not considered an accurate predictor of future college success. “These new standards will mean if a student passes any two exams, they will be considered college ready,” said Texas Association of Business (TAB) President and CEO Bill Hammond.

From Texas Association of Business


April 9, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: CHAIRMAN EMERITUS OF TEXAS YOUNG REPUBLICANS ENDORSES DAN BRANCH FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Today, Mark C. Brown, current Chairman Emeritus and immediate past President of the Texas Young Republican Federation, endorsed Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General.

From Dan Branch Campaign


April 9, 2014

DNC: VOTER EXPANSION PROJECT ANNOUNCES FIRST STAFF HIRE: TEXAS STATE DIRECTOR

As part of the Democratic National Committee’s Voter Expansion Project, DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz today announced the hiring of Sondra Haltom as Texas State Director to be based in Austin. These hires come just days after the New York Times report detailing the Republican Party’s attempts to limit voting rights in Texas, and where the Justice Department has had to intervene.

From Democratic National Committee


April 9, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: WHAT THEY ARE SAYING ABOUT GREG ABBOTT'S EARLY EDUCATION PLAN

Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch today released the following statement regarding Greg Abbott's substantive plan to make Texas' education system first in the nation:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


April 9, 2014

RED STATE WOMEN: REPUBLICAN AGENDA IS ONE OF EXPANDED OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL

"Under the guise of transparency and fairness, President Obama signed two executive orders requiring employers that do business with the federal government to comply with bureaucratic data calls and increased regulations.

From Red State Women


April 9, 2014

BRANDON CREIGHTON CAMPAIGN: CREIGHTON SECURES TEXAS PATRIOT PAC SUPPORT

Brandon Creighton has emerged as the clear choice of the TEA Party in the upcoming special election for Senate District 4, as he has received a recommendation from the Texas Patriots PAC as well as an endorsement from the Kingwood TEA Party and the TEA Party of East Montgomery County.

From Brandon Creighton Campaign


April 8, 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS: VISITS SANE FACILITY AT TEXAS HEALTH PRESBYTERIAN HOSPITAL DALLAS

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott today met with Dallas medical professionals and sexual assault victim advocates at the W.W. Caruth, Jr. Center for Sexual Assault Forensic Exam Healing to discuss the Center’s ongoing efforts to help victims of sexual assault.

From Attorney General of Texas


April 8, 2014

TEXAS PATRIOTS PAC: MAKES RECOMMENDATIONS IN SENATE DISTRICT 4 RACE

Texas Patriots PAC, a non-partisan Tea Party organization dedicated to the election of candidates who share their core values of constitutionally limited government, free markets, and fiscal responsibility, announced a joint recommendation for Senate District 4 of candidates Gordy Bunch, Brandon Creighton, and Steve Toth.

From Texas Patriots PAC


April 8, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT ON NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY

Today is National Equal Pay Day, a day that shows how far into 2014 a woman would have to work to make, on average, what a man made in 2013. Senator Leticia Van de Putte released the following statement:

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


April 8, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: WHY IS ABBOTT AVOIDING PRESS & CANCELING APPEARANCES?

Every campaign has occasional scheduling problems. Sometimes events or appearances have to be cancelled for a variety of legitimate reasons. But over the last several weeks, Greg Abbott has cancelled a number of events and has rarely taken press questions at the events he does attend.

From Lone Star Project


April 8, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ROB ORR: ANNOUNCES ARMED SERVICES SCHOLARSHIP PROGRAM

Nominations for the 2014-2015 Texas Armed Services Scholarship Program (TASSP) will open on April 15 for next year's class (fall 2014/spring 2015 academic year), State Rep. Rob Orr (R-Burleson) has announced.

From Representative Rob Orr


April 8, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: SENATE HISPANIC CAUCUS SENDS LETTER OF SUPPORT FOR MEXICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES TO THE SBOE

Members of the Senate Hispanic Caucus (SHC) have sent a letter to the State Board of Education (SBOE) urging the SBOE to add an elective Mexican-American Studies course to the official state curriculum. The SBOE will consider this proposal at its meeting, which begins today (Tuesday, April 8, 2014) and runs through Friday (April 11, 2014).

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


April 8, 2014

TDP: STATEMENT ON NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY

Today marks National Equal Pay Day, the day when women’s earnings finally catch up to men’s earnings from the previous year. In Texas, women still make only 79 cents for every dollar men earn. Texas Democratic Party Deputy Communications Director Lisa Paul released the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


April 8, 2014

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: IT'S TIME FOR MEXICAN-AMERICAN STUDIES IN TEXAS SCHOOLS

An elective Mexican-American Studies course would be an important step toward teaching public school students the full history of our nation, Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller said today. “Right now there are more than 200 elective courses in the state curriculum, including classes on topics like floral design and web gaming,” Miller said.

From Texas Freedom Network


April 8, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST ANNOUNCES NEXT ROUND OF INTERIM CHARGES

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst announced Interim Charges relating to the Senate Committees on Higher Education, Criminal Justice, and State Affairs. "Texas is strong because we not only understand the essential relationship between freedom and opportunity, we govern in a way that cultivates more opportunity, " said Dewhurst.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 8, 2014

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: MATH GENIUSES MAY SOLVE LAWSUIT-HYPOCRISY PROBLEM

One of Texans for Lawsuit Reform's big contributors co-founded Houston's Quantlab, which filed state and federal lawsuits against two math whizzes who wrote algorithms to drive the company's high-speed securities trades.

From Texans for Public Justice


April 8, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: NATIONAL EQUAL PAY DAY MUST BE REALLY AWKWARD IN GREG ABBOTT'S OFFICE

It's National Equal Pay Day, the day that women would have to work into the new year to earn the same as men did in the previous year. While Wendy Davis has sponsored equal pay legislation, Greg Abbott has pledged to veto such legislation.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 8, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: CAROLYN HODGES, IMMEDIATE PAST PRESIDENT OF TFRW, ENDORSES DAN BRANCH FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Carolyn Hodges, immediate past president of the Texas Federation of Republican Women (TFRW), announced her personal endorsement of Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General.

From Dan Branch Campaign


April 8, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: NEW WEB AD: MAKING TEXAS EDUCATION #1

Texans for Greg Abbott today released a web ad, "Making Texas Education #1," highlighting Greg Abbott's plan to make Texas first in the nation for education. Communications Director Matt Hirsch issued the following statement:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


April 8, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: SENATOR VAN DE PUTTE FINISHES HER STATEWIDE BUS TOUR IN AUSTIN

Today, Senator Leticia Van de Putte’s statewide bus tour came to a close in Austin. After traveling more than 2,500 miles in nine days and visiting over 16 cities, Senator Van de Putte’s last event was a rally at the University of Austin as a special guest of the University Democrats.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


April 8, 2014

SENATOR TROY FRASER: LCRA NEEDS TO UPHOLD OBLIGATIONS TO UPPER BASIN CUSTOMERS

Last week, the Lower Colorado River Authority (LCRA) held two so-called public information sessions regarding recently-proposed water rate increases which I adamantly oppose. If adopted, the increases would make the Colorado River basin's rates, far and away, the most expensive of any other major basin in the state.

From Senator Troy Fraser


April 7, 2014

SENATOR JOSE RODRIGUEZ: STATEMENT ON THE SENATE COMMITTEE ON AGRICULTURE AND HOMELAND SECURITY HEARING

Senator José Rodríguez issued the following statement following testimony at the Senate Committee on Agriculture and Homeland Security hearing today: Among the comments we heard today, more than once, witnesses inaccurately referred to the border as a "war zone."

From Senator Jose Rodriguez


April 7, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: SBOE NOW ACCEPTING NOMINATIONS FOR OUTSTANDING SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS

The State Board of Education is now accepting nominations for the 2014 Heroes for Children Award. This annual award recognizes public school volunteers who have been strong advocates for Texas schoolchildren. Volunteers may be nominated by individual persons or by organizations. Educational employees, elected government officials and organizations are not eligible to be nominated.

From Texas Education Agency


April 7, 2014

TEXPAC: ENDORSES MORGAN MEYER FOR THE TEXAS HOUSE

TEXPAC, the political advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), has announced its endorsement of Morgan Meyer for Texas House District 108. “Morgan Meyer has earned the strong grassroots support of physicians in his district, which is key to every TEXPAC endorsement, said TEXPAC Board Chair Jerry Hunsaker, MD.

From TEXPAC


April 7, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: SCHOOL FINANCE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

Once again, our state's school finance system is in the spotlight. Although the state currently spends over 50% of our budget on education, many school districts and citizens believe the money is unfairly distributed.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


April 7, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT CANCELS PRESS CONFERENCE AMID CHARLES MURRAY PRE-K CONTROVERSY

Under increasing pressure over his controversial pre-k plan that included ideas from controversial figure Charles Murray, Greg Abbott today canceled a scheduled press conference in Dallas.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 7, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE TAN PARKER: APPOINTED TO THE JOINT INTERIM COMMITTEE ON HUMAN TRAFFICKING

Today State Representative Tan Parker announced that he was appointed to the Joint House and Senate Committee on Human Trafficking. Established in 2011 and reauthorized during the 83rd Legislative Session, the joint committee is charged with studying the growing human trafficking epidemic and to make recommendations to the Legislature for curbing what is estimated to be a multi-billion dollar business.

From Representative Tan Parker


April 7, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS TO ABBOTT: ACT LIKE A TEXAN, STOP PICKING ON TEXAS PRE-K STUDENTS

Wendy Davis was in Houston today where she spoke with voters about Greg Abbott's pre-K education plan, which imposes new standardized tests onto Texas four year olds and picks and chooses which children get access to a quality early education.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 7, 2014

JASON VILLALBA CAMPAIGN: WEDNESDAY: JASON VILLALBA IN THE RGV TO ADDRESS THE FUTURE OF THE GOP

Texas State Representative Jason Villalba (HD-114) will be in the Rio Grande Valley on the second stop of a state-wide speaking tour Wednesday, April 9th. He will be speaking publically in Pharr about “The Evolution of the Texas Electorate and the Future of the GOP in Texas” at an event hosted by the Hidalgo County Republican Women and the University of Texas-Pan American College Republicans

From Jason Villalba Campaign


April 7, 2014

TEXAS MUNICIPAL LEAGUE: AND TXDOT AGREE ON VOLUNTARY TRANSFER OF STATE HIGHWAYS

Officials with the Texas Municipal League and the Texas Department of Transportation have reached agreement on the broad outlines of a program for cities voluntarily to take over the maintenance of some state highways within their city limits.

From Texas Municipal League


April 7, 2014

GLENN CALLISON CAMPAIGN: TEXAS MUNICIPAL POLICE ASSOCIATION BACKS GLENN CALLISON FOR TEXAS HOUSE

Texas Municipal Police Association (TMPA) today endorsed conservative Glenn Callison for Texas House. A successful businessman and community leader, Callison is running for the House District 66 seat vacated by Van Taylor. House District 66 encompasses Southwest Collin County, including West Plano and parts of North Dallas and Carrollton.

From Glenn Callison Campaign


April 7, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: HISPANIC REPUBLICANS OF TEXAS ENDORSES DAN BRANCH FOR TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL

Today, the Hispanic Republicans of Texas announced its endorsement of Dan Branch for Attorney General. HRT was founded by George Antuna, Jr., George P. Bush and Juan Hernandez in 2010. Over the past three years, HRT has grown rapidly into a political movement that assists Hispanic leaders who serve the public.

From Dan Branch Campaign


April 7, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: VIDEO: ABBOTT UNDER FIRE...AGAIN

"Abbott's under fire for using ideas from Charles Murray, who has made very controversial statements about women..." -Jason Whitely, WFAA

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 7, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY NAMES BROWNE AND ADDINGTON TO SENIOR STAFF

Gov. Rick Perry today announced that he has named Felix Browne director of communications and Hugh Addington director of scheduling and advance. Browne takes over for outgoing communications director Mark Miner, who will continue to advise the governor from the private sector. Addington replaces Karen Kolb Steakley, who is returning to the Governor’s Legislative Division.

From Office of the Governor


April 7, 2014

RYAN SITTON CAMPAIGN: ELIZABETH AMES JONES ENDORSES RYAN SITTON FOR RAILROAD COMMISSIONER

Ryan Sitton, conservative Republican candidate for Railroad Commissioner, announced today the endorsement of the Immediate Past Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission and former state representative, Elizabeth Ames Jones.

From Ryan Sitton Campaign


April 7, 2014

TXDOT: REMINDS DRIVERS TO BE SAFE, DRIVE SMART OR FACE SERIOUS CONSEQUENCES WHEN DRIVING THROUGH WORK ZONES

With 84 percent of 2013 work zone fatalities being motorists rather than workers, the Texas Department of Transportation today kicks off its Be Safe. Drive Smart. campaign as part of National Work Zone Awareness Week, April 7-11.

From TxDOT


April 7, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: BARRY SMITHERMAN ENDORSES DAN PATRICK FOR LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and authentic conservative candidate for Lieutenant Governor, today gained the support of Barry Smitherman, Chairman of the Texas Railroad Commission. “I am proud to have Barry’s support. There are few in Texas who understand the energy sector like Barry,” said Patrick.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


April 7, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE PAUL WORKMAN: TO SERVE ON SELECT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

State Representative Paul Workman was on Friday appointed by House Speaker Joe Straus to serve on the House Select Committee on Transportation Funding, Expenditures, and Finance. "There are few issues more vital to our state's continued economic success and Texans' quality of life than transportation," said Rep. Workman.

From Representative Paul Workman


April 7, 2014

JOHN RATCLIFFE CAMPAIGN: RATCLIFFE RECEIVES RED STATE ENDORSEMENT

Former U.S. Attorney and Republican candidate for Texas’ 4th Congressional District John Ratcliffe received the endorsement of Red State Editor-in-Chief Erick Erickson. “I’m pleased to support John Ratcliffe and hope you will too,” said Erickson in his endorsement.

From John Ratcliffe Campaign


April 7, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: SEN. DAVIS VOTES FOR TEACHERS UNIONS, AGAINST TEXAS CHILDREN

Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch today released the following statement regarding Sen. Davis' continued silence on her many conflicts of interest:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


April 7, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: SENATOR CRAIG ESTES ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Ken Paxton for Attorney General Campaign today announced the endorsement of Texas State Senator Craig Estes, who represents the fourteen counties of Senate District 30 in North Central Texas.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


April 7, 2014

PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH: STATEMENT BY PRESIDENT GEORGE W. BUSH ON AFGHANISTAN'S NATIONAL ELECTIONS

“Laura and I congratulate the more than seven million people of Afghanistan who voted in historic elections this weekend. By casting their ballots and participating in their young democracy, the Afghan people are sending a clear message to the Taliban and the world that they choose freedom over oppression.

From President George W. Bush


April 7, 2014

JOE COTTEN CAMPAIGN: COTTEN'S STATEMENT CONCERNING FALSE ALLEGATIONS

Joe Cotten, a Republican Primary candidate for Texas Agriculture Commissioner, released the following statement today in response to “Mike Hailey’s Capitol Inside” publication.

From Joe Cotten Campaign


April 4, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE SERGIO MUNOZ, JR.: SPEAKER STRAUS APPOINTS REP. MUNOZ TO SELECT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

On the heels of service on a similar committee created during the 2013 special legislative sessions, House Speaker Joe Straus today appointed State Representative Sergio Muñoz, Jr. to the House Select Committee on Transportation Funding, Expenditures and Finance.

From Representative Sergio Munoz, Jr.


April 4, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY ANNOUNCES EMERGING TECHNOLOGY FUND AWARD TO TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY WIND CENTER

Gov. Rick Perry today announced the Texas Emerging Technology Fund (TETF) is awarding $2.2 million to the Texas A&M University (TAMU) Wind Energy Center for a collaborative project that brings together researchers from universities across the state to develop and increase the capacity of offshore wind energy technology, and help bring it to market.

From Office of the Governor


April 4, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS IN TEXAS PANHANDLE: ALL TEXAS CHILDREN DESERVE A QUALITY EDUCATION

Davis: "At a time when parents and teachers are calling out for relief from the burden of over testing, Greg Abbott calls for testing for four year olds. Under his plan, Greg Abbott picks and chooses which children get a quality education and which don't."

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 4, 2014

TEXAS INTERFAITH CENTER FOR PUBLIC POLICY: WINS NATIONAL AWARD

The Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy received four awards at the Religion Communicators Council's 85th annual DeRose-Hinkhouse Memorial Awards ceremony held April 3rd in Nashville, TN. The awards include the "Best in Class" award for the publication Wondering About Mental Health and the New Health Insurance Marketplace?

From Texas Interfaith Center for Public Policy


April 4, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: NAMES HUMAN TRAFFICKING COMMITTEE

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus named seven legislators Friday to the Joint Interim Committee to Study Human Trafficking. The committee, established in the 2011 legislative session and renewed by the Legislature last year, will study the problem of human trafficking.

From Speaker Joe Straus


April 4, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: NAMES SELECT TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEE

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus named nine legislators Friday to the House Select Committee on Transportation Funding, Expenditures and Finance. The committee, created during a 2013 special legislative session, will examine a variety of issues related to transportation funding.

From Speaker Joe Straus


April 4, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT'S VANITY VIDEOS

A picture may be worth a thousand words, but this one came at a much higher price for Texas taxpayers. When the Lone Star Project posted the above image last week—one of Abbott's front groups falsely claimed it had been photoshopped. That is simply not true. Instead, it came from Greg Abbott's high-dollar vanity video project.

From Lone Star Project


April 4, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: UPSHUR COUNTY SHERIFF ANTHONY BETTERTON ENDORSES DAN BRANCH FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Today, Upshur County Sheriff Anthony Betterton announced his endorsement of Dan Branch for Attorney General. Sheriff Betterton is the twenty-third active Republican sheriff in Texas to support Dan Branch's candidacy for Attorney General.

From Dan Branch Campaign


April 4, 2014

PROGRESS TEXAS: CORNYN & CRUZ PRESSURED TO NOMINATE DIVERSE JUDGES

This week Progress Texas joined with the Center for American Progress to release a report detailing Texas's judicial vacancy crisis. The report generated considerable attention in Texas.

From Progress Texas


April 4, 2014

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: SPECIAL PROSECUTOR LIKELY TO SEEK INDICTMENTS IN PERRY VETO-THREAT CASE

Special Prosecutor Michael McCrum suggests that he will soon seek indictments related to Governor Perry’s threats to veto funds for the Travis County District Attorney's Public Integrity Unit.

From Texans for Public Justice


April 4, 2014

GORDY BUNCH CAMPAIGN: TEXAS PIA ENDORSES GORDY BUNCH FOR STATE SENATE

The Texas Professional Insurance Agents have taken the “unusual” step of endorsing a candidate for Texas office, according to Eddie K. Emmett, Executive Director of the organization. “We know Gordy Bunch and know that his service in the Senate will be a great win-win for Texas.”

From Gordy Bunch Campaign


April 4, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: SEN. DAVIS' BAD DAY IN WEST TEXAS

This week, Sen. Wendy Davis was greeted by an “almost empty room” and “crickets” during her first appearance in Midland, TX.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


April 4, 2014

TEXPAC: ENDORSES DEWAYNE BURNS FOR THE TEXAS HOUSE

TEXPAC, the political advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), has announced its endorsement of DeWayne Burns for Texas House District 58. “Mr. Burns has earned the strong grassroots support of physicians in his district, which is key to every TEXPAC endorsement, said TEXPAC Board Chair Jerry Hunsaker, MD.

From TEXPAC


April 3, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS RUGG AS JUDGE OF 58TH JUDICIAL DISTRICT

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed Tom Rugg Sr. of Beaumont as judge of the 58th Judicial District for a term to expire at the next general election. Rugg is an attorney in private practice and former civil division chief prosecutor, with 27 years of service at the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office.

From Office of the Governor


April 3, 2014

STEFANI CARTER CAMPAIGN: RICHARDSON MAYOR PRO TEM BOB TOWNSEND ENDORSES STEFANI CARTER

Today, Representative Stefani Carter (R-Richardson) announced an endorsement from the City of Richardson’s Former Mayor and Current Mayor Pro Tem Bob Townsend. Carter is seeking a third term to the Texas House of Representatives.

From Stefani Carter Campaign


April 3, 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS: ABBOTT SENDING CRIME VICTIM SERVICES RESOURCES TO FORT HOOD AFTER DEADLY SHOOTING

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is sending members of his Crime Victim Services Division to Fort Hood to work with victims of Wednesday’s attack. The Crime Victim Services Division will be assisting in victim applications for the Crime Victims’ Compensation Fund.

From Attorney General of Texas


April 3, 2014

SUPPORT OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS: APPLAUDS NEW WORKING GROUPS FORMING TO DISCUSS CHARTER DEALS

Today, leaders from Support Our Public Schools applauded the formation of two new working groups convening to discuss ideas for a new Home Rule Charter.

From Support Our Public Schools


April 3, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: GOV. MIKE HUCKABEE AND HUCK PAC ENDORSE KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Ken Paxton for Attorney General Campaign today announced the endorsement of former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Huck PAC. Huckabee formed Huck PAC in 2008 to help elect conservative candidates and to promote conservative principles.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


April 3, 2014

BOB DEUELL CAMPAIGN: ENDORSED FOR RUNOFF BY DALLAS MORNING NEWS

As they did in the 2014 Republican Primay, The Dallas Morning News has again endorsed State Senator Bob Deuell for Reelection.

From Bob Deuell Campaign


April 3, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE HELEN GIDDINGS: "MAKING CERTAIN EVERY GIRL IS CINDERELLA ON PROM NIGHT"

Representative Helen Giddings (D-Dallas) has organized a "Prom Dress Event" and has collected formal prom dresses for girls at local area high schools to help provide all young women with a positive prom experience.

From Representative Helen Giddings


April 3, 2014

TEXAS WATER DEVELOPMENT BOARD: LAUNCHES INTERACTIVE 2012 STATE WATER PLAN WEBSITE

As part of the Texas Water Development Board's ongoing efforts to promote awareness about water needs, the agency has launched an interactive website based on the 2012 State Water Plan. The website makes it easy for Texans to get details about water needs (also referred to as shortages or deficits) in multiple planning decades at the community, state, region, county and entity level.

From Texas Water Development Board


April 3, 2014

LIBERTARIAN PARTY OF TEXAS: POISED FOR LARGEST STATE CONVENTION IN ITS HISTORY

With Generation Liberty! as its theme, the Libertarian Party of Texas will host its 2014 state convention April 11-13 at the Frank W. Mayborn Civic and Convention Center in Temple.

From Libertarian Party of Texas


April 3, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS STATEMENT ON THE FORT HOOD SHOOTING

Wendy Davis released the following statement in response to the shooting at Fort Hood. "Texans are united in deep sorrow at this terrible tragedy. Our prayers are with the families and all those who serve at Fort Hood."

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 3, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON FT. HOOD SHOOTING

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the shooting at Fort Hood: “Today, Ft. Hood was once again stricken by tragedy. As Texans, our first priority must be caring for the victims and their families.

From Office of the Governor


April 3, 2014

SENATOR TROY FRASER: STATEMENT ON FORT HOOD TRAGEDY

"Tonight, I join countless others in grieving following the senseless violence at Fort Hood. My thoughts and prayers are with all the brave men and women in uniform who serve us at Fort Hood and with their families and loved ones.

From Senator Troy Fraser


April 3, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST COMMENTS ON FT. HOOD SHOOTING

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst made the following statement on the shooting situation still underway at Ft. Hood: "I ask my fellow Texans to join me in praying for Ft. Hood soldiers and their families as this tragic situation continues to unfold.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


April 3, 2014

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: LEGAL ATTACKS CONTINUE AGAINST NEW TEXAS PRO-LIFE LAW

Abortion providers launch another lawsuit against HB2, hoping to lower the health and safety standards required at abortion facilities in McAllen and El Paso. Less than a week ago, a three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals in the Fifth Circuit upheld two provisions of the new Texas law, confirming that these provisions do not pose an undue hardship on women seeking abortions.

From Texas Right to Life


April 3, 2014

RED STATE WOMEN: ONE MOTHER'S STORY CELEBRATING A LIFE BIGGER THAN A FILIBUSTER

Today, Red State Women released its second installment in a series of personal stories of real Texas women. Mia Garza McCord’s story is that of a working mom whose passion for family and unique perspective on Sen. Wendy Davis’ filibuster inspired her to share her experience.

From Red State Women


April 3, 2014

SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE: ACTIVE SHOOTER SITUATION AT FORT HOOD

Authorities have reported that there is an ongoing, active shooter situation at Fort Hood. Texas State Senator Leticia Van de Putte, Chair of the Senate Veteran Affairs & Military Installations Committee, issued the following statement:

From Senator Leticia Van De Putte


April 3, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: AP: REPUBLICAN ABBOTT DEFENDS CITING CONSERVATIVE THINKER CHARLES MURRAY FOLLOWING DAVIS ATTACKS

Republican Greg Abbott is defending citing provocative conservative scholar Charles Murray in his education plan following attacks by Democrat Wendy Davis in the Texas governor's race.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 3, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY RECOGNIZED BY NADCP FOR SUCCESSFUL SPECIALTY COURT PROGRAM IN TEXAS

The National Association of Drug Court Professionals (NADCP) today honored Gov. Rick Perry with its Governor of the Year Award for his longtime support of specialty court programs. These programs have helped rehabilitate drug users, reduce recidivism and drive down crime rates in Texas to historic lows.

From Office of the Governor


April 2, 2014

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: ARTWORK WINS HONEY GROVE FIFTH-GRADER CARIBBEAN CRUISE

Jordan Gerling, a fifth-grader from Honey Grove Elementary in Honey Grove is the grand prize winner of the 2014 Texas General Land Office Adopt-A-Beach Treasures of the Texas Coast Children’s Art Contest. Jordan’s playful treasure map (see attached file) captures many elements that make the Texas coast great, including seafood, sailing, fun at the beach, a cruise ship and a treasure chest.

From Texas General Land Office


April 2, 2014

TDP: ABBOTT'S BAD HABITS: ABBOTT ALIGNS HIMSELF WITH CONTROVERSIAL EDUCATION SCHOLAR

This week Greg Abbott released the first portion of his "Educating Texans Plan” on pre-K through third grade. In Abbott’s plan, he cites Charles Murray, an education scholar with controversial opinions on race and gender.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 2, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: DELAY IN DRUG TESTING UNCONSCIONABLE

The U.S. Labor Department is blocking a new Texas law from taking effect. That law would allow for limited drug testing for people receiving unemployment benefits in Texas. “Congress has passed this bill, it passed the Texas Legislature and it is unconscionable to me that a bunch of federal bureaucrats are able to thwart the will of both Congress and our Legislature,” said Bill Hammond, Texas Association of Business President and CEO.

From Texas Association of Business


April 2, 2014

TDP: DEWHURST CAMPAIGN FLOUNDERS AS SENATOR VAN DE PUTTE CONTINUES TO GAIN BIPARTISAN SUPPORT

Today, reports surfaced that top political aides have left Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst’s campaign for re-election amid internal conflict about the direction of his campaign. The staff exodus comes after a distant 2nd place finish in the March Republican primary, 14-points behind Dan Patrick.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 2, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: TALKING POINTS MEMO: WENDY DAVIS OPPONENT CITES CHARLES MURRAY IN EDUCATION PLAN

Attorney General Greg Abbott, state Sen. Wendy Davis's (D) Republican opponent in the Texas gubernatorial race, cited controversial conservative scholar Charles Murray in a explaining his plans on pre-kindergarten education this week.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 2, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY TO JOIN BENTPROP PROJECT FOR FALLEN SOLDIERS

Gov. Rick Perry will join the BentProp Project in the Republic of Palau, where he will help search for American servicemen who went missing in action (MIA) during air battles over the island nation during World War II. The governor and first lady will travel to Koror, Palau from April 5 – April 17. No tax dollars are being used for the Perrys’ travel and accommodations on this trip.

From Office of the Governor


April 2, 2014

ANNIE'S LIST: GREG ABBOTT SIDES AGAINST WOMEN - AGAIN

This week, Greg Abbott released an education plan citing author Charles Murray. In his op-ed titled, “Where are the Female Einsteins?” Murray inaccurately attributes the smaller number of female leaders in art and science fields to biological causes.

From Annie's List


April 2, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: SHERIFFS DENNIS WILSON AND GARY MADDOX ENDORSE DAN BRANCH

Today, Limestone County Sheriff Dennis Wilson and Lamb County Sheriff Gary Maddox announced their endorsement of Dan Branch for Attorney General. Sheriffs Wilson and Maddox are the twenty-first and twenty-second active Republican sheriffs in Texas to support Dan Branch's candidacy for Attorney General.

From Dan Branch Campaign


April 2, 2014

TXDOT: DISTRACTED DRIVING CRASHES ON THE RISE IN TEXAS

As the number of crashes caused by distracted drivers continues to rise, the Texas Department of Transportation is urging motorists to put away their mobile devices and other distractions, and pay attention to the road.

From TxDOT


April 2, 2014

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: REFORM GROUPS CRITICIZE SUPREME COURT 'MCCUTCHEON' RULING

“The Robert’s Court is intent on returning to the days when politics and government were the exclusive domain of the rich,” said Craig McDonald, Director, Texans for Public Justice. “This Court is fine with the notion that the size of one's wallet determines the strength of one's political influence. To this Court, it's "one dollar, one vote" instead of ‘one person, one vote,’” statement by Joanne Richards, President Common Ground for Texas.

From Texans for Public Justice


April 2, 2014

DENISE PRATT CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT BY DENISE PRATT

Denise Pratt, Judge of the 311th Family District Court, released the following statement: “Despite published reports to the contrary, I have, in fact, suspended my reelection efforts and I am not conducting a campaign.”

From Denise Pratt Campaign


April 2, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: CHEAT SHEET ON CHARLES MURRAY, THE "WHITE NATIONALIST" GREG ABBOTT CITED IN HIS EDUCATION PLAN

FACT: Greg Abbott cites "Charles Murray" in his education plan on page 2. FACT: The Southern Poverty Law Center lists Charles Murray as a "White Nationalist".

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 2, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: SEN. WENDY DAVIS: SHORT ON SUBSTANCE, BIG ON SPENDING

Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch today released a statement highlighting the stark contrast between Sen. Wendy Davis' and Attorney General Greg Abbott's plans for Texas' education system:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


April 2, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE LLOYD DOGGETT: REAPPOINTED TO BUDGET COMMITTEE

U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas), a senior member of the House Committee on Ways and Means and the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Human Resources, has been reappointed to serve on the House Budget Committee just in time for today’s Committee consideration of this year’s House Budget Resolution.

From Representative Lloyd Doggett


April 2, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DALLAS MORNING NEWS: GREG ABBOTT'S EDUCATION PLAN CITES CONTROVERSIAL THINKER ON RACE, GENDER

KEY POINTS: Using Murray as a reference comes after weeks of Abbott being on the defensive over gender equality issues. Abbott said he would veto a bill that would have made it easier for women to sue in state court over wage disparity.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 2, 2014

DEWAYNE BURNS CAMPAIGN: FORMER JOHNSON COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY CHAIRMAN HENRY TEICH ENDORSES DEWAYNE BURNS FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

Immediate Past Johnson County Republican Chairman Henry Teich and former candidate for State Representative today announced his endorsement of DeWayne Burns of Cleburne to replace retiring State Representative Rob Orr of Burleson.

From DeWayne Burns Campaign


April 2, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: HUFFINGTON POST: GREG ABBOTT CITES 'WHITE NATIONALIST' IN EDUCATION REFORM PLAN

KEY POINTS: In his pre-Kindergarten education plan released this week, Texas Republican gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott cites the work of a man who believes that women and minorities are intellectually inferior to white men.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 1, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: SREC MEMBER AND FORMER SMITHERMAN SUPPORTER JANET JACKSON ENDORSES DAN BRANCH FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Today, Janet Jackson, current State Republican Executive Committee member and former Barry Smitherman supporter, endorsed Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General. Ms. Jackson joins numerous former Smitherman supporters, including SREC members Megan Higginbotham and Dr. Johnny Lovejoy, who have endorsed Dan Branch following the March 4th Republican Primary.

From Dan Branch Campaign


April 1, 2014

WAYNE CHRISTIAN CAMPAIGN: SITTON'S CONFLICTS WOULD MUDDLE SUNSET PROCESS & ENCOURAGE INCREASES IN REGULATIONS

Throughout his campaign for Texas Railroad Commissioner, Ryan Sitton has repeatedly emphasized he will continue to run his business if elected. Many observers of the race have indicated that this would create a direct conflict of interest, as Sitton would be regulating himself and many of his clients.

From Wayne Christian Campaign


April 1, 2014

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: MIGHT TRUMPS PROPERTY RIGHTS IN LUCRATIVE ENERGY INDUSTRY

A Houston billionaire & University of Texas regent who underwrites Texas Republican candidates is trying to forcibly frack the properties of four Pennsylvania landowners against their will. Does the Texas Republican Party's exaltation of the sanctity of private property endow little people with the right to stand in the way of billionaires?

From Texans for Public Justice


April 1, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: DALLAS FED REPORT FINDS TEXAS LEADS IN JOB CREATION AT ALL PAY LEVELS

A recent report from the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas noted that Texas experienced more job growth at all pay levels than any other state in the nation from 2000 to 2013. The highest rate of job growth in Texas occurred in the upper half of the pay scale.

From Office of the Governor


April 1, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL ENROLLMENT CLIMBS

Enrollment in Texas public schools continues to surge, growing by 820,019 students or more than 19 percent over the past decade, a new report released today by the Texas Education Agency found. The 2012-2013 school year marked the first time that statewide enrollment officially topped 5 million.

From Texas Education Agency


April 1, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: NEW WEB AD: SEN. WENDY DAVIS' EDUCATION PLAN: SPENDING, NOT SOLUTIONS

Texans for Greg Abbott today released a web ad, "Spending, Not Solutions," highlighting the runaway spending in Sen. Wendy Davis' education plan. Communications Director Matt Hirsch issued the following statement:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


April 1, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: TEXAS TEACHERS SLAM ABBOTT FOR CALLING EXPANDED PRE-K A "WASTE"

Today, Texas teacher groups criticized Greg Abbott's "plan" for pre-k in Texas which picks and chooses which children receive access to full day pre-k. In his plan, he called it a "waste" to expand full day pre-k to all Texas children.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


April 1, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: GOVERNOR PERRY PROCLAIMS APRIL 2014 TO BE AUTISM AWARENESS MONTH

Governor Rick Perry has issued a proclamation calling for April 2014 to be recognized as Autism Awareness Month in Texas. Advocacy groups and concerned citizens across the state will be hosting events to help raise awareness throughout April.

From Representative Ron Simmons


April 1, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE HENRY CUELLAR: TEXAS GAINS SIGNIFICANT IN CBP ALLOCATION OF ADDITIONAL 2000 CUSTOMS OFFICERS

Today, Congressman Henry Cuellar (D-TX28) joined Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee Chairman John Carter (R-TX31) to applaud Customs and Border Protection (CBP), for its significant allocation of additional customs officers to ports along the Texas-Mexico border.

From Representative Henry Cuellar


April 1, 2014

RPT: CELEBRATES THE LIVES OF REPUBLICAN PIONEERS: FORMER RPT CHAIR RAY HUTCHISON, JIM BOWIE AND BERYL MILBURN

Texas is blessed to be home to legendary individuals who have blazed a trail in every industry imaginable. Whether it be farming and ranching, business and industry, education, sports or politics - Texas is home to a wealth of personalities who have dedicated their lives to improving their communities. This month, we have lost 3 individuals who were pioneers of the Republican Party of Texas - Ray Hutchison, Beryl Milburn and Jim Bowie.

From Republican Party of Texas


April 1, 2014

WAYNE CHRISTIAN CAMPAIGN: TWO VISIONS FOR AMERICA

The desire for dependable, affordable energy is universal. Unfortunately, agreement on the approach to get us there is not. There is no clearer picture of the two very different visions for America than the differences in the policies put forward independently by the Obama Administration and Senator Ted Cruz last week.

From Wayne Christian Campaign


April 1, 2014

TDP: CELEBRATES CESAR CHAVEZ DAY

Today, the Texas Democratic Party celebrates Cesar Chavez Day, on the birthday of the late Mexican American labor leader. Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement: “Today, Cesar Chavez Day, we remember the life and work of the great Mexican American civil rights leader and the movement that he, Dolores Huerta, and others led.

From Texas Democratic Party


April 1, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CELEBRATES CESAR CHAVEZ DAY

Today, Senator Leticia Van de Putte reflects on the life and legacy of Cesar Chavez. Senator Leticia Van de Putte released the following statement: “Today, we stand on the shoulders of giants like Cesar Chavez, Dolores Huerta, and all of those who personally suffered for the greater good.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


April 1, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF RAY HUTCHISON

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) released the following statement Monday on the passing of former State Representative, Republican Party of Texas Chairman and attorney Ray Hutchison: “Through his public service and his work in the private sector, Ray Hutchison made a remarkable contribution to the state of Texas.

From Speaker Joe Straus


April 1, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE KICKS OFF CAMPAIGN WITH STATEWIDE BUS TOUR

Sunday, Senator Leticia Van de Putte will kick off her first campaign bus tour in San Antonio. Van de Putte, the Democratic nominee for Lt. Governor, starts her tour in San Antonio, traveling more than 2,500 miles over nine days, ending her tour in Austin.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


March 31, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: SENATOR KEN PAXTON ISSUES STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF RAY HUTCHISON

Upon learning of the passing of Ray Hutchison, Senator Paxton issued the following statement: “Angela and I are saddened to hear of the passing of Dallas attorney and longtime Republican leader Ray Hutchison. In the 1970’s, he served as a state legislator from Dallas and later as Chairman of the Republican Party of Texas.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


March 31, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DAN BRANCH: MOURNS THE PASSING OF RAY HUTCHISON

"Texas lost an accomplished lawyer and dedicated public servant Sunday with the passing of Ray Hutchison. Stacey and I lost a good friend and loyal supporter who will be deeply missed. Ray was an influential leader who worked tirelessly to develop and improve North Texas.

From Representative Dan Branch


March 31, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: GRIMES COUNTY SHERIFF DONALD SOWELL ENDORSES DAN BRANCH

Today, Grimes County Sheriff Donald Sowell announced his endorsement of Dan Branch for Attorney General. Sheriff Sowell is the twentieth active Republican sheriff in Texas to support Dan Branch's candidacy.

From Dan Branch Campaign


March 31, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: ABBOTT'S EDUCATION HYPOCRISY WON'T FOOL LATINO FAMILIES

As part of his desperate effort to sway Latino voters, Greg Abbott visited the Rio Grande Valley today to roll out his early education plan. Battleground Texas Executive Director Jenn Brown released the following statement:

From Battleground Texas


March 31, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: CHAIRMAN SMITHERMAN CONGRATULATES AG'S OFFICE ON SUCCESSFUL DISPOSITION IN COURT ON DOS REPUBLICAS MINING PERMIT

Railroad Commission Chairman Barry Smitherman congratulates the Office of the Attorney General of Texas in obtaining a successful disposition in court last Thursday on the Dos Republicas Coal Partnership permit application. The District Court of Travis County upheld the Railroad Commission’s Final Order issued on Jan. 29, 2013.

From Texas Railroad Commission


March 31, 2014

TDP: RESPONDS TO GREG ABBOTT'S "EDUCATING TEXANS" PLAN

Today, Attorney General Greg Abbott unveiled the first portion of his three-part "Educating Texans” policy in Weslaco, a city in the Rio Grande Valley. An Abbott policy proposal stated, “Expanding the population of students served by existing state-funded programs without addressing the quality of existing prekindergarten instruction or how it is being delivered would be an act of negligence and waste.” [Austin American-Statesman, 3/31/14]

From Texas Democratic Party


March 31, 2014

NEW AMERICAN ECONOMY: HOTELS, RESTAURANTS, RETAILERS, LANDOWNERS, CITRUS GROWERS ANNOUNCE MULTI-INDUSTRY EFFORT TO PRESS CONGRESS FOR IMMIGRATION REFORM

Several associations – spanning hotels, restaurants, landowners, citrus growers, and retailers – today announced their joint effort to press Congress to pass immigration reform this year. In addition to working from an association level, the organizations’ leadership indicated they will encourage their members to engage in urging Congress to fix our nation’s broken immigration system.

From New American Economy


March 31, 2014

JOHN COOK CAMPAIGN: PRESS RELEASE

Having just returned from a nine day, 3,000 mile, 16 city tour that took them through 50 counties, John and his wife Tram are setting out on another cross country trip across Texas highways and towns. John, recent former Mayor of El Paso, the 6th largest city in Texas, 3rd safest in the United States, is no stranger to the diversity of life in the Lone Star State.

From John Cook Campaign


March 31, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: WENDY DAVIS TO GREG ABBOTT: THE EDUCATION OF A TEXAS CHILD IS NOT A "WASTE"

Today, Wendy Davis released the following statement after Greg Abbott called it a "waste" to ensure all Texas children have access to full day pre-K in the state: "The education of a Texas child is not a 'waste'," said Wendy Davis.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


March 31, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: TOUR HIGHLIGHTS INNOVATIVE WATER MEASURES

In the past year, Texas has taken important steps in addressing our state's water needs. During the 2013 legislative session, we passed Proposition 6 to help communities upgrade water infrastructure and plan for population growth. Proposition 6 was approved by the voters in November, allowing money to be allocated from the Rainy Day Fund.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


March 31, 2014

SENATOR TROY FRASER: STATEMENT ON LCRA PROPOSED RATE INCREASES

Senator Troy Fraser, Chairman of the Senate Committee on Natural Resources, expressed his strong opposition to the Lower Colorado River Authority’s (LCRA) staff-proposed water rate increases for the Colorado Basin announced Friday, March 28th.

From Senator Troy Fraser


March 31, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY STATEMENT ON THE PASSING OF RAY HUTCHISON

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement on the passing of Ray Hutchison: “This weekend, we lost an extraordinary Texan in Ray Hutchison. From his commitment to developing the North Dallas community, to his service in the U.S. Navy and Texas Legislature, to his instrumental role in the creation of the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport, Ray was a leader in every aspect of his life, and his contributions to the state of Texas will positively impact countless Texans for generations to come.

From Office of the Governor


March 31, 2014

LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE CAMPAIGN: SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE VISITS PHARR INTERNATIONAL BRIDGE

Today, Senator Leticia Van de Putte continued her bus tour with a stop in the city of Pharr in the Rio Grande Valley. During her visit, Senator Van de Putte joined Pharr International Bridge CFO and Director Juan G. Guerra for a press conference where Van de Putte addressed the local and statewide economic impact of our relationship with Texas’ largest trading partner, Mexico.

From Leticia Van de Putte Campaign


March 31, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT UNVEILS PRE-K - THIRD GRADE EDUCATION POLICY PORPOSALS

Attorney General and gubernatorial candidate Greg Abbott today unveiled the first phase of his "Educating Texans" policy plan in Weslaco, TX. In remarks delivered at Sam Houston Elementary School, Abbott emphasized his goal to make Texas the number one education system in the United States within 10 years.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


March 31, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT ISSUES STATEMENT ON RAY HUTCHISON'S PASSING

Attorney General Greg Abbott today issued the following statement regarding the death of Ray Hutchison: “Ray Hutchison was a tremendous champion and defender of conservative values.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


March 31, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: REP. ROB ORR ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

The Ken Paxton for Attorney General Campaign today announced the endorsement of State Rep. Rob Orr, who represents Johnson and Bosque counties in the Texas House of Representatives. Rep. Orr, first elected in 2004, said, “I’ve worked with Ken Paxton since coming to the legislature back in 2005, and have appreciated his friendship, leadership, and commitment to sound conservative principles. Ken will make an outstanding Attorney General, and I’m proud to endorse him.”

From Ken Paxton Campaign


March 31, 2014

KONNI BURTON CAMPAIGN: BURTON ENDORSED BY TARRANT COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR/COLLECTOR RON WRIGHT

Today the Konni Burton campaign announced the endorsement of Tax Assessor/Collector Ron Wright. Wright has been a public servant in Tarrant County for over three decades, serving as a member of the Arlington City Council, a weekly columnist for the Ft. Worth Star Telegram, and a long-time GOP leader and delegate to the Republican National Convention.

From Konni Burton Campaign


March 31, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: WILL ABBOTT ANSER?

At a press conference in Weslaco today, Greg Abbott is “unveiling his Educating Texans” policy. Perhaps he can educate Texans further by answering a few very basic questions.

From Lone Star Project


March 31, 2014

RYAN SITTON CAMPAIGN: BECKY BERGER ENDORSES RYAN SITTON FOR RAILROAD COMMISSIONER

Ryan Sitton, conservative Republican candidate for Railroad Commissioner, announced today the endorsement of Becky Berger, who ran against him in the primary election. Berger represents SD 18 on the State Republican Executive Committee and is the TFRW SD 18 District Director.

From Ryan Sitton Campaign


March 31, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DREW DARBY: NAMED TO STATE WATER IMPLEMENTATION FUND FOR TEXAS ADVISORY COMMITTEE

State Representative Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) was named to the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) Advisory Committee by Texas House of Representatives Speaker Joe Straus. The committee is charged with overseeing the implementation of House Bill 4, passed during the 83rd Legislature, which established the SWIFT account to pay for needed water supply and conservation projects across the state.

From Representative Drew Darby


March 31, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE ARMANDO "MANDO" MARTINEZ: URGES CONSTITUENTS TO PREPARE FOR TAX DAY ON APRIL 15 AND USE IRS FREE FILE FOR ONLINE TAX ASSISTANCE E-FILING OR EXTENSIONS

State Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez (D-Weslaco) today encouraged constituents to take advantage of free tax preparation services available through the Free File program. Every taxpayer with a 2013 Adjusted Gross Income of $58,000 or less may visit www.IRS.gov/freefile to prepare, complete and e-file their federal tax returns at no cost.

From Representative Armando "Mando" Martinez


March 31, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JEFF LEACH: LAUNCHES STUDENT LEADERSHIP ADVISORY COUNCIL; INVITES APPLICANTS

Today, State Representative Jeff Leach announced the launch of the Student Leadership Advisory Council, a unique opportunity for high school students within House District 67 to engage in the legislative process with Representative Leach and his staff and to obtain a hands-on education of the role and inner-workings of Texas state government.

From Representative Jeff Leach


March 31, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: THE TEXAS CAPITOL VIETNAM VETERANS MONUMENT UNVEILED & DEDICATED TODAY

Forty-one years to the day after the last American combat troops left Vietnam and nine years after monument efforts began, the long-awaited and much-deserved Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument was unveiled and dedicated today on the Capitol grounds. Thousands of people attended the event from across the state to honor and memorialize the selfless service and ultimate sacrifice made by our armed forces of the Vietnam generation.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosa


March 31, 2014

JOHNSON COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY: STATEMENT REGARDING PHILIP EBY CAMPAIGN

The Johnson County Republican Party (JCRP) has received inquiries from several voters about a piece of mail they received from the Philip Eby Campaign in which he claims, under the heading “Endorsements & Ratings,” to be the “Johnson Co. Republican Party Straw Poll Winner.” This claim is false and misleading, and JCRP is obligated to refute it.

From Johnson County Republican Party


March 31, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY HONORS TEXAS VETERANS AT VIETNAM VETERANS MONUMENT DEDICATION

Gov. Rick Perry today paid tribute to Texas veterans who served or gave their lives in the Vietnam War at the unveiling and dedication of the Vietnam Veterans Monument on the Texas State Capitol Grounds. The ceremony was held on Texas Vietnam Veterans Day, which marks the anniversary of the day the last American combat troops left Vietnam.

From Office of the Governor


March 31, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST HONORS FELLOW VETERANS AT VIETNAM MONUMENT DEDICATION

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst honored Texas Vietnam Veterans at the much-anticipated unveiling of the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument (TCVVM). Speaking to the thousands of Vietnam-era Veterans gathered with their friends, family, honored guests, state leaders, elected officials, and TCVVM committee members on the Capitol grounds, Lt. Governor Dewhurst expressed profound thanks and gratitude from the State of Texas.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 31, 2014

DENISE PRATT CAMPAIGN: STATEMENT BY DENISE PRATT

Denise Pratt, Judge of the 311th Family District Court, announced her resignation today. She released the following statement: “The relentless attacks by my political opponents have become a distraction to the work of the Court, and to the Republican Party in Harris County.

From Denise Pratt Campaign


March 31, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MYRA CROWNOVER: COMMENDS RAILROAD COMMISSION FOR HIRING SEISMOLOGIST

Representative Myra Crownover (R-Denton) commended the Texas Railroad Commission today for hiring Dr. David Craig Pearson as the new seismologist for the Commission.

From Representative Myra Crownover


March 31, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: COMMISSIONER CHRISTI CRADDICK SAYS USFW LISTING OF LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN INFRINGES ON STATES' RIGHTS AND PRIVATE PROPERTY RIGHTS

Railroad Commissioner Christi Craddick said today the decision by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken as threatened under the U.S. Endangered Species Act is a critical loss for states’ rights and for Texas private property rights.

From Texas Railroad Commission


March 28, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE MARISA MARQUEZ: APPOINTED TO INTERIM COMMITTEE ON WATER DESALINATION

Speaker of the Texas House Joe Straus (R-San Antonio) appointed State Representative Marisa Marquez (D-El Paso) to the Joint Interim Committee to Study Water Desalination, pursuant to the House Concurrent Resolution 59, which passed during the 83rd Legislative Session.

From Representative Marisa Marquez


March 28, 2014

TDP: REACTS TO 5TH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS DECISION

Yesterday, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the new abortion regulations that were passed in July 2013 by a Republican-led Texas legislature. The decision came after a U.S. District Court ruled in October 2013 that the regulations placed an undue burden on women.

From Texas Democratic Party


March 28, 2014

SENATOR JANE NELSON: RAILROAD COMMISSION ANNOUNCES HIRING OF SEISMOLOGIST

Senator Jane Nelson, R- Flower Mound, applauded today's decision by the Texas Railroad Commission to hire a seismologist, Dr. David Craig Pearson, a former team leader for a Los Alamos National Laboratory seismic, experimental field team and who also holds a doctorate in geophysics from Southern Methodist University, to study seismic events in Texas and evaluate and research seismic activity associated with oil and gas exploration and production.

From Senator Jane Nelson


March 28, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE RON SIMMONS: CDC REPORTS INCREASE IN THE PREVALENCE OF US CHILDREN WITH AUTISM

The Center for Disease Control (CDC) announced today a continued increase in the prevalence of Autism for people under age 21. The ratio is now 1 in 68 males and females under age 21 are somewhere on the Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). This is a 30% increase from the 1 in 88 announced by the CDC in 2012.

From Representative Ron Simmons


March 28, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON HHS SECRETARY SEBELIUS VISIT TO TEXAS

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement on attacks by the Obama administration over the failures of Obamacare: “Yet again, the Obama Administration would rather point fingers at other people than accept any of the responsibility for Obamacare’s failure.

From Office of the Governor


March 28, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: HIRES SEISMOLOGIST

Railroad Commission Executive Director Milton Rister announced today the Commission has hired a seismologist, Dr. David Craig Pearson, a former team leader for a Los Alamos National Laboratory seismic, experimental field team, who also holds a doctorate in geophysics from Southern Methodist University.

From Texas Railroad Commission


March 28, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST TOUTS TEXAS' ECONOMIC ACHIEVEMENTS AT ANNUAL LEGISLATIVE CONFERENCE

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst delivered a keynote address to fellow legislators, honored guests, and state leaders at the 48th Annual Texas Legislative Conference in New Braunfels. Reminding the bipartisan crowd of the state's unparalleled achievements in the past 10 years, Dewhurst encouraged his fellow Texans to stay the course on the principles that have shaped the economy's enviable success.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 28, 2014

TEXAS RIGHT TO LIFE: AND TEXAS HOME SCHOOL COALITION INTERVENE IN FEDERAL LAWSUIT

Two of Texas' largest grassroots organizations filed to intervene in a federal lawsuit that could have precedent setting implications for the organizations' members and activities. Recent actions of the Texas Ethics Commission jeopardize the privacy of their members, who could be subject to bureaucratic harassment.

From Texas Right to Life


March 28, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: ROUND UP: WEEK 3 OF GREG ABBOTT ON DEFENSE OVER EQUAL PAY

Greg Abbott remained on the defensive over equal pay for the third consecutive week in March. Here's a summary of the week:

From Wendy Davis Campaign


March 28, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: MAKES APPOINTMENTS TO FOUR WATER COMMITTEES

Texas House Speaker Joe Straus announced Friday his appointments to four water-related committees, signaling the issue’s continued importance to the House’s work. The appointees will work to ensure that efforts to improve the state’s water supply are properly and effectively implemented.

From Speaker Joe Straus


March 28, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY APPOINTS SIX TO FORENSIC SCIENCE COMMISSION

Gov. Rick Perry has appointed six members to the Forensic Science Commission. The commission oversees professional conduct in forensic laboratories and facilities in Texas. Richard Alpert of North Richland Hills is an assistant criminal district attorney for the Tarrant County District Attorney's Office.

From Office of the Governor


March 28, 2014

LINDA KOOP CAMPAIGN: ASKS CARTER TO CONFIRM OR DENY BROWN'S PENSION-SEEKING CLAIM

Eleven days ago, conservative Sam Brown, who finished third in the Republican primary election for State House District 102, issued a ringing endorsement of former rival Linda Koop, the top vote-getter in the race.

From Linda Koop Campaign


March 28, 2014

TEXANS FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: MURPHY TURNER & ASSOCIATES AGREE TO SETTLEMENT IN TRADEMARK LAWSUIT

Following two years of litigation, a group of political consultants have apologized for “any confusion” their conduct created when they produced campaign literature addressed from an entity with a “confusingly similar” name to Texans for Fiscal Responsibility.

From Texans for Fiscal Responsibility


March 28, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST STATEMENT ON FEBRUARY JOB GROWTH

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst released the following statement in response to the Texas Workforce Commission report on Texas job growth in February. Texas employers added 37,600 jobs while the unemployment rate held steady at 5.7 percent, more than a full point below the national average.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 28, 2014

TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSION: STATEMENT BY TEXAS RAILROAD COMMISSIONER DAVID PORTER ON LISTING THE LESSER PRAIRIE CHICKEN AS THREATENED

The following statement can be attributed to Texas Railroad Commissioner David Porter on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s decision to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act. “I am extremely disappointed in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) decision to list the Lesser Prairie Chicken as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

From Texas Railroad Commission


March 28, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON FEBRUARY 2014 TEXAS JOB GROWTH

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding data from the Texas Workforce Commission showing Texas added 37,600 jobs in February 2014: “Job growth of this magnitude is about much more than just attractive statistics on a printed page; it means more choices and better options for Texas jobseekers, stronger families and communities, and brighter futures for our children.

From Office of the Governor


March 28, 2014

TEXPAC: ENDORSES JOHN WRAY FOR THE TEXAS HOUSE

TEXPAC, the political advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), has announced its endorsement of John Wray for Texas House District 10. “TEXPAC is pleased to support John Wray for the Texas House,” said TEXPAC Board Chair Jerry Hunsaker, MD.

From TexPAC


March 28, 2014

TEXAS ALLIANCE FOR LIFE: FEDERAL FIFTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS UPHOLDS PRO-LIFE HOUSE BILL 2

Today, a three-judge panel at the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled unanimously in the State's favor, overturning a federal district court's ruling, to completely uphold two challenged provisions of Texas' pro-life law, House Bill 2.

From Texas Alliance for Life


March 28, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: A TALE OF TWO CANDIDATES ON ETHICS

Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch today released a statement highlighting the stark contrast between Sen. Wendy Davis and Attorney General Greg Abbott on ethics:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


March 28, 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS: FIFTH CIRCUIT RULES FOR STATE, FINDS HB 2 CONSTITUTIONAL

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit today issued a unanimous decision upholding House Bill 2. The decision rejecting the plaintiffs’ constitutional challenge to HB 2 was written by Judge Edith Jones and joined by Judge Jennifer Elrod and Judge Catharina Haynes.

From Attorney General of Texas


March 28, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON FEDERAL COURT RULING TO UPHOLD TEXAS LAW PROTECTING LIFE AND WOMEN'S HEALTH

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision to uphold a law protecting life and women’s health passed by the Texas Legislature in 2013: “The people of Texas have spoken through their elected leaders and in support of protecting the culture of life in our state.

From Office of the Governor


March 28, 2014

TEXAS VALUES: FEDERAL COURT UPHOLDS PRO-LIFE LAW, OVERRULES LOWER COURT

Texas’ Pro-Life Omnibus Bill, HB 2, was upheld today as constitutional by the Federal Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. This ruling reverses the ruling of a lone lower federal court judge, Lee Yeakel.

From Texas Values


March 28, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST ON THE 5TH CIRCUIT'S HB2 RULING

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst released the following statement on the 5th Circuit Court's decision to uphold the constitutionality of HB2, a bill to protect the health of Texas women and defend the unborn: "Texas is a pro-life state and I'm glad the 5th Circuit affirmed our right to make laws on critical issues.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 27, 2014

TEXAS A&M UNIVERSITY SYSTEM: HONORS BRAZOS VALLEY LEGISLATORS

John Sharp, chancellor of The Texas A&M University System, today honored Brazos Valley members of the Texas Senate and House of Representatives for their commitment and outstanding work during the 83rd legislative session.

From TEXAS A&M University System


March 27, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: ANNOUNCES EDUCATOR TEACHING AND LEARNING CONDITIONS SURVEY

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams today announced an upcoming statewide survey of teachers and administrators on school teaching and learning conditions. The Teaching, Empowering, Leading, and Learning (TELL) Texas Survey – which officially opens on April 7 – will gather information on how teachers and other educators view the teaching and learning conditions at their schools.

From Texas Education Agency


March 27, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: CLEARS THE AIR ON EQUAL PAY

The current debate over the Lilly Ledbetter Equal Pay bill is missing the real objection to the law that those who called for its veto have. The issue is not equal pay. The issue is the statute of limitations for filing claims.

From Texas Association of Business


March 27, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: VIDEO: WHICH LAWS DID GREG ABBOTT BREAK?

After being cornered by San Angelo news media, Greg Abbott finally broke his 17-day silence on equal pay for equal work. He said that there are "four laws that are already in place to protect women in Texas."

From Wendy Davis Campaign


March 27, 2014

REPRESENTATIVES JESSICA FARRAR, DAWNNA DUKES AND DONNA HOWARD: ALL THE KING'S HORSES AND ALL THE KING'S WOMEN...FIXING WHAT THEY BROKE

As recognized leaders in the area of women's health in the Texas Legislature, we have been deeply troubled and outraged by lawmakers' actions in recent years which have strongly compromised access to women's health services in the state, particularly the dramatic cuts to family planning funding in 2011.

From Representatives Jessica Farrar, Dawnna Dukes and Donna Howard


March 27, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: PAXTON LANDS MAJOR GOP SUPPORT: ENDORSED BY 76 CURRENT AND FORMER MEMBERS OF STATE REPUBLICAN EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

The Ken Paxton for Attorney General Campaign today unveiled more “March Momentum,” announcing that 76 current and former members of the State Republican Executive Committee (SREC) have endorsed the senator. The list includes 30 current SREC members, nine of whom had endorsed former Attorney General candidate Barry Smitherman.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


March 27, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: DAMAGE FROM ABBOTT'S EQUAL PAY BLUNDERS SPREADING

Greg Abbott is taking one hit after another on equal pay. Now the damage from his failure to address the substance or the politics of the issue is spreading to other Texas Republicans.

From Lone Star Project


March 27, 2014

TXDOT: TEXAS TRANSPORTATION COMMISSION APPOINTS SIX MEMBERS TO NEW HIGH-SPEED RAIL COMMISSION

With high-speed rail quickly becoming a hot topic of discussion and planning around the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the Texas Transportation Commission today appointed six members to the new Commission for High-Speed Rail. Last month, when the new advisory was created, former transportation commissioner Bill Meadows was appointed chair.

From TxDOT


March 27, 2014

VAN TAYLOR CAMPAIGN: TAYLOR STATEMENT ON RAYTHEON MOVING OPERATIONS TO RICHARDSON

State Representative, and Republican nominee for State Senate District 8, Van Taylor, today released the following statement on the news of Raytheon Company moving operations to Richardson.

From Van Taylor Campaign


March 27, 2014

TEXPAC: ENDORSES WILL METCALF FOR THE TEXAS HOUSE

TEXPAC, the political advocacy arm of the Texas Medical Association (TMA), has announced its endorsement of Will Metcalf for the Texas House of Representatives.

From TEXPAC


March 27, 2014

TEXAS COUNCIL ON FAMILY VIOLENCE: WELCOMES THE DIRECTOR OF CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS FOR MARY KAY, CRAYTON WEBB TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

The Texas Council on Family Violence (TCFV) is pleased to welcome Crayton Webb to the Board of Directors for TCFV. Webb is Director of Corporate Communications and Corporate Social Responsibility for Mary Kay Inc. in Dallas, Texas.

From Texas Council on Family Violence


March 27, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: PATRICK CLEARS THE AIR ON LEGISLATION TO PREVENT COMMON CORE

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator, Chairman of the Senate Education Committee, and authentic conservative candidate for Lieutenant Governor, stepped forward to address recent distortions of his legislative work to prevent the implementation of Common Core in Texas.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


March 27, 2014

ANNIE'S LIST: STATE SENATORS CALL ON DEWHURST TO STUDY WAGE GAP IN ABBOTT'S OFFICE, DEWHURST FOLLOWS ABBOTT WITH ANTI-WOMAN RESPONSE

After weeks of Attorney General Greg Abbott’s failing to answer questions regarding fair pay in Texas, Texas state senators submitted a letter to Lieutenant Governor David Dewhurst Wednesday calling for a study into pay discrimination in state agencies.

From Annie's List


March 27, 2014

TDP: TEXAS DEMOCRATS CALL FOR INVESTIGATION INTO FAIR PAY

Yesterday, in response to the alleged pay discrimination in Attorney General Greg Abbott’s office, Democratic elected officials sent a letter to Lt. Governor David Dewhurst calling on him to initiate a Senate investigation into fair pay at all state agencies. [Houston Chronicle, 3/26/14]

From Texas Democratic Party


March 27, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: LT. GOV. DEWHURST "CONSIDERS" LAUNCHING INVESTIGATION OF ABBOTT'S OFFICE OVER PAY DISCRIMINATION

As Texas Republican insiders continue their spiral of panic over Greg Abbott's equal pay crisis, Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst announced he would "give consideration" to an official senate investigation into the pay inequality at Abbott's Office of the Attorney General, according to a San Antonio Express-News report.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


March 27, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: SEN. DAVIS' "BOTHERSOME" ETHICS PROBLEM IS NOT GOING AWAY

Sen. Wendy Davis admitted this week that she continues to profit from public bond work at Texas taxpayers’ expense. Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch today released the following statement:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


March 27, 2014

INSURANCE COUNCIL OF TEXAS: WINDSHIELD REPAIR FRAUGHT WITH FRAUD

A small rock comes bouncing off a truck and heads right for your windshield. Smack. Sure enough, a star-shaped crack appears on your windshield. Without comprehensive coverage on your car, the repair is going to come out of your pocket.

From Insurance Council of Texas


March 27, 2014

WAYNE CHRISTIAN CAMPAIGN: GRASSROOTS AMERICA - WE THE PEOPLE ENDORSE CHRISTIAN

Today, Grassroots America – We the People endorsed Wayne Christian for Texas Railroad Commissioner. Strong support from Texas grassroots conservative groups helped Christian become the 12-point frontrunner in the March 4 Republican Primary Election.

From Wayne Christian Campaign


March 27, 2014

LUIS LOPEZ CAMPAIGN: LOPEZ OFFICIALLY LAUNCHES HIS CAMPAIGN FOR STATE REPRESENTATIVE

The community of Houston-Katy is cordially invited to attend the official campaign kick-off for Luis Lopez for House District 132 on Saturday, March 29th at El Rancho Restaurant. Community activist and Houston progressive attorney, Silvia Mintz, will host the event with special guest and keynote speaker Honorable Senator Sylvia Garcia.

From Luis Lopez Campaign


March 26, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: ICYMI: ABBOTT'S OPPOSITION TO EQUAL PAY DOMINATES TEXAS SPANISH LANGUAGE MEDIA

Texas women are paid only 79 cents on the dollar compared to men. It's far worse for Hispanic women, who earn only 45 cents on the dollar compared to men. Today, in El Paso Senator Wendy Davis highlighted her commitment to equal pay legislation and continued to highlight how Greg Abbott pays women less than men in his office despite their doing the same work.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


March 26, 2014

GORDY BUNCH CAMPAIGN: RICHARD "GORDY" BUNCH NOMINATED FOR 2014 ENTREPRENEUR OF THE YEAR

Richard “Gordy” Bunch, founder, president, and CEO of The Woodlands Financial Group has been nominated as the Gulf Coast’s Entrepreneur of the Year in the 2014 search for a national EOY recipient.

From Gordy Bunch Campaign


March 26, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE PETE GALLEGO: JOINS NEW PUSH FOR VOTE ON BIPARTISAN COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM BILL

U.S. Representative Pete P. Gallego (D-Alpine) was one of the first to sign a discharge petition to bring H.R. 15, the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform bill, to the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives for a vote. “As the only Congressman representing a district with more border with Mexico than any other – over 800 miles of U.S.-Mexico border from El Paso to Eagle Pass – I understand border security and the need for immigration reform,” he said.

From Representative Pete Gallego


March 26, 2014

TEXAS PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION: ICYMI: TPPF'S JUVENILE JUSTICE WORK FEATURED IN ROLLING STONE

Marc Levin, Director of the Texas Public Policy Foundation’s Center for Effective Justice, was featured in Rolling Stone. "Five Offenses That Can Land Kids (But Not Adults) In Jail" discusses status offenses — behavior that is considered criminal based solely on the age of the offender — and TPPF’s recently released report, "Kids Doing Time for What's Not a Crime." The article outlines the five most common status offenses, as Levin provides alternative solutions to juvenile incarceration.

From Texas Public Policy Foundation


March 26, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: RECEIVES ENDORSEMENT FROM GUN OWNERS OF AMERICA-POLITICAL VICTORY FUND

Today, Dan Patrick, authentic conservative candidate for Lt. Governor, received the endorsement of national Second Amendment advocacy group Gun Owners of America-Political Victory Fund. "Gun Owners of America-Political Victory Fund is proud to endorse Dan Patrick for Lt. Governor of Texas.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


March 26, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON PRESIDENT OBAMA EXTENDING OBAMACARE ENROLLMENT DEADLINE

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding the Obama administration extension of the deadline for certain individuals to enroll in Obamacare: “Whether it’s deadlines or red lines, it’s clear we can’t trust President Obama to back up what he says, from adhering to his own disastrous health care policy to standing up to those who threaten democracy and freedom in Egypt, Libya, Syria, Crimea and elsewhere around the world.

From Office of the Governor


March 26, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JOAQUIN CASTRO: CHALLENGES IMMIGRATION REFORM STONEWALL, DEMANDS VOTE

Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) released the following statement upon the House Democrats announcement of a Discharge Petition on H.R 15, the bipartisan Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act: “Today, I’m proud to join my House colleagues in filing a discharge petition on immigration reform on behalf of the American people.

From Representative Joaquin Castro


March 26, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: PAXTON ENDORSED BY RNC COMMITTEEMAN DR. ROBIN ARMSTRONG, FORMER RNC COMMITTEEMAN BILL CROCKER

Underscoring the movement of Texas Republican leaders behind the candidacy of Senator Ken Paxton, the campaign today announced the endorsement of Dr. Robin Armstrong of Houston, current Republican National Committeeman for Texas, and Bill Crocker of Austin, former Republican National Committeeman for Texas.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


March 26, 2014

JOHN RATCLIFFE CAMPAIGN: CONGRESSIONAL CHALLENGER BRENT LAWSON ENDORSES RATCLIFFE

Former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe received the endorsement of fellow challenger Brent Lawson in his bid to unseat 17-term incumbent Ralph Hall. “I have the utmost respect for Brent and the campaign that he ran,” said Ratcliffe. “Brent is a man of the highest integrity, and I am honored to have his support. On the campaign trail he often said, ‘Us Republicans need to fight like the very future of our Republic is at stake.’

From John Ratcliffe Campaign


March 26, 2014

TEXAS ENVIRONMENT: CONSERVATIVES, RANCHERS, RETAILERS DEFEND SINGLE-USE BAG ORDINANCES

Several unlikely allies spoke out at the Capitol in favor of local single-use bag ordinances and against state government attempts to take away local government authority on the issue. Briefs to the Texas Attorney General regarding whether such ordinances are legal under Texas law are due today, and a Tea Party Republican, a rancher and a retailer all spoke out about the threat these bags pose to their interests, and their belief in local control on the issue.

From Texas Environment


March 26, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: ABBOTT CAMP, GOP IN "PANIC" AS EQUAL PAY DEBATE CONTINUES

The Texas GOP are in a "panic" as the equal pay debate rages on. Yesterday, Texans continued their call on Attorney General Greg Abbott to "Act like a Texan" and stop hiding behind surrogates to speak for him on his opposition to equal pay.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


March 26, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: SEN. DAVIS PROFITEERS OFF TEXAS' LOCAL DEBT CRISIS

Sen. Wendy Davis admitted this week that she continues to profit from public bond work at Texas taxpayers’ expense. Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch today released the following statement: “While Texas’ local debt continues to grow, Sen. Wendy Davis continues to profit.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


March 26, 2014

GRASSROOTS AMERICA- WE THE PEOPLE PAC: RELEASES RUN-OFF ENDORSEMENT

Grassroots America – We the People PAC, one of the largest constitutional conservative organizations in Texas, today announced their endorsement of former State Representative Wayne Christian for Texas Railroad Commissioner in the May 27 Runoff Election. Strong support from Texas grassroots conservative groups helped Christian become the 12-point front-runner in the March 4 Republican Primary Election.

From Grassroots America- We the People PAC


March 26, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: TAYLOR COUNTY SHERIFF RICKY BISHOP ENDORSES DAN BRANCH

Today, Taylor County Sheriff Ricky Bishop announced his endorsement of Dan Branch for Attorney General. Joining law enforcement leaders who represent more than 50,000 Texas law enforcement officers across Texas, Sheriff Bishop is the nineteenth active, Republican sheriff in Texas to support Dan Branch's candidacy.

From Dan Branch Campaign


March 25, 2014

TDP: RICK PERRY THINKS FAIR PAY LEGISLATION IS "NONSENSE"

Today, on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, Rick Perry said the Texas Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act was brought to the floor, “for the sole purpose of politics -- let's face it, this was passed for no other reason than to say we're going to make you veto this bill.” [MSNBC Morning Joe, 3/25/2014]

From Texas Democratic Party


March 25, 2014

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: TEXAS TAXPAYERS WON'T FOOT THE BILL FOR TEXAS CITY DIKE CLEANUP

Texas Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson today announced the aggressive response to clean up the oil spill off the Texas City Dike won’t affect the state’s $20 million fund to clean up oil spills. The party ultimately found responsible for the spill will pay all the bills. That $20 million fund, Patterson said, is evidence that Texas is not only better prepared than any other state in the nation to respond to oil spills, but at preventing such spills in the first place.

From Texas General Land Office


March 25, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: JODIE JILES ENDORSES DAN BRANCH FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Today, Jodie Jiles, Chairman of the Texas Leadership Business Council, announced his endorsement of Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General. Mr. Jiles announced his endorsement of Dan Branch after previously supporting Commisioner Barry Smitherman in the Republican Primary for Attorney General.

From Dan Branch Campaign


March 25, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST TOURS OIL SPILL SITE

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst visited Texas City with Land Commissioner Jerry Patterson for a firsthand look at the oil spill's impact and a briefing on containment and cleanup operations in Galveston Bay. Dewhurst joined Patterson and Coast Guard leadership for a press conference on the multi-agency effort:

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 25, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION FOR HOME CARE AND HOSPICE: PROVIDERS BRING THEIR CONCERNS TO WASHINGTON

Home care and hospice providers throughout the country have traveled to Washington this week to provide lawmakers with the facts about the most considerate, affordable form of care for millions. Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice (TAHC&H) will have one of the largest provider state delegations participating in this nationwide appeal to Members of Congress.

From Texas Association for Home Care & Hospice


March 25, 2014

JOHN WRAY CAMPAIGN: CLEAT ENDORSES CONSERVATIVE JOHN WRAY FOR STATE HOUSE

The Combined Law Enforcement Associations of Texas (CLEAT) today announced their endorsement of conservative John Wray, candidate for State Representative. Wray is seeking the Republican nomination in Texas House District 10, which is open after the retirement of Jim Pitts.

From John Wray Campaign


March 25, 2014

TEXAS VALUES: SUPPORTS RELIGIOUS FREEDOM OF HOBBY LOBBY, CONESTOGA WOODS

Today, the U.S. Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties cases opposing Obamacare’s HHS mandate (Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc. and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius).

From Texas Values


March 25, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE PETE GALLEGO: STATEMENT ON CONGRESSIONAL BUDGET OFFICE REPORT ON DEFICIT REDUCTION AND COMPREHENSIVE IMMIGRATION REFORM

U.S. Representative Pete P. Gallego (D-Alpine) released the following statement regarding the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office’s deficit assessment of H.R. 15, the bipartisan comprehensive immigration reform legislation introduced in the House.

From Representative Pete Gallego


March 25, 2014

TEXAS FREEDOM NETWORK: ALLOWING EMPLOYERS TO IMPOSE THEIR RELIGIOUS VIEWS ABOUT BIRTH CONTROL ON WORKERS ISN'T RELIGIOUS FREEDOM

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller had this to say about today’s Supreme Court hearing in the Sebelius v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., and Conestoga Wood Specialties Corp. v. Sebelius cases, which deal with the requirement that employer-provided health insurance include coverage for birth control: “Today some are trying to redefine religious liberty in America to mean the freedom of employers to impose their religious beliefs on the personal decisions that their workers make.

From Texas Freedom Network


March 25, 2014

SPEAKER JOE STRAUS: HOUSE IMPROVES ONLINE VIDEO CAPABILITIES

The Texas House of Representatives on Tuesday announced significant upgrades to its online broadcasts of legislative activities. Under the improvements, an unlimited number of viewers will be able to see a higher-quality video feed of House and Senate floor activity, committee meetings and other happenings at the Texas Capitol.

From Speaker Joe Straus


March 25, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: LAUNCHES "ACT LIKE A TEXAN" CLOCK

The Wendy Davis Campaign today released a ticking "Act Like a Texan" clock marking the last time Greg Abbott spoke for himself on equal pay. Abbott has not directly answered a question on equal pay for equal work since a March 9th interview, and has instead relied on spokespeople and surrogates to speak for him to defend his opposition to the Texas Equal Pay Act or why he pays women less than men in his office for doing the same work.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


March 25, 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS: NATIONAL AGREEMENTS WITH MAJOR PUBLISHING HOUSES YIELD NEARLY $13 MILLION FOR TEXAS E-BOOK CUSTOMERS

Texas residents will begin receiving account credits or checks this week as a result of settlements with five of the nation’s largest publishers of electronic books (E-books). The restitution payments stem from an investigation by 33 state attorneys general into the publishers’ conspiring with Apple, Inc. to fix E-book prices.

From Attorney General of Texas


March 25, 2014

TEXAS CENTER FOR DEFENSE OF LIFE: JUDGE GRANTS TRO TO PREVENT MAN FROM DYING OF DEHYDRATION

This afternoon, attorneys with Texas Center for Defense of Life (TCDL), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit pro-life legal organization located in the Austin, TX area obtained a TRO (temporary restraining order) from Judge John B. McMaster, presiding judge of County Court at Law #4 of Williamson County, Texas.

From Texas Center for Defense of Life


March 25, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: SEN. VAN DE PUTTE CONDEMNED BOND WORK SEN. DAVIS PROFITED FROM

Sen. Wendy Davis admitted yesterday that she continues to profit from public bond work at Texas taxpayers’ expense. Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch today released the following statement:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


March 25, 2014

SENATOR JUAN "CHUY" HINOJOSA: THE TEXAS CAPITOL VIETNAM VETERANS MONUMENT

Forty-one years to the day after the last American combat troops left Vietnam and nine years after monument efforts began, the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument will be unveiled and dedicated on Saturday, March 29th at the Texas State Capitol.

From Senator Juan "Chuy" Hinojosan


March 25, 2014

LON BURNAM CAMPAIGN: REP. BURNAM FILING SUIT TO CHALLENGE ELECTION RESULTS

Today I filed a lawsuit in state court to examine this month’s Democratic primary election for Texas House District 90 to determine if there were hundreds of illegally cast ballots. I believe I have no choice after receiving multiple reports of an illegal computerized-signature vote-by-mail operation run to benefit my opponent.

From Lon Burnam Campaign


March 24, 2014

SENATOR JUDITH ZAFFIRINI: URGES PIPELINE SAFETY IN TEXAS

As hundreds of miles of new pipeline are constructed as a result of Texas' current energy boom, Senator Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, is encouraging Texans to be aware of pipeline safety. "Pipelines transporting energy products criss-cross our state, not only in rural areas, but also in our cities and towns," said Senator Zaffirini, an organizer of the Eagle Ford Shale Legislative Caucus.

From Senator Judith Zaffirini


March 24, 2014

HARRIS COUNTY JUDGE: TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL CONFIRMS ILLEGALITY OF 'EARLY TO RISE' BALLOT INITIATIVE

The Texas Attorney General's Office confirmed today that last year's attempt to force a petition-initiated tax increase for the Harris County Department of Education violated state law. The opinion, released today in response to a request by state Sen. Dan Patrick, chairman of the Senate Education Committee, confirms a decision by Harris County Judge Ed Emmett last year not to allow the proposal on the Nov. 5, 2013, ballot.

From Harris County Judge Ed Emmett


March 24, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: DAVIS TO ABBOTT, "THIS TEXAS GAL IS CALLING YOU OUT"

Wendy Davis continued to hammer Greg Abbott on the issue of equal pay for women on Monday, challenging him to stop using surrogates and campaign spokesmen to address the issue. "This Texas gal is calling you out," she told about 160 cheering supporters at Austin's iconic Scholz's Beer Garden.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


March 24, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: ICYMI: DALLAS MORNING NEWS: TEXAS GOP LEADERS DO THEMSELVES NO FAVORS WITH POSITION ON EQUAL PAY FOR WOMEN

The November elections will focus Texas voters like never before on the status of women in this state. That's a bold statement that many might disagree with, given the attention placed on women's issues when Gov. Ann Richards took office in 1991.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


March 24, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JOAQUIN CASTRO: ANNOUNCES INAUGURATION OF U.S.- JAPAN CAUCUS

Congressman Joaquin Castro (D-TX) announces the creation of the bipartisan U.S- Japan Caucus. Rep. Castro is co-leading with Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) in the U.S. House of Representatives: “I’m thrilled to help establish this bipartisan caucus and further strengthen the relationship between the U.S. and Japan on a range of issues including international economics, national security, and international development.

From Representative Joaquin Castro


March 24, 2014

SENATOR SYLVIA GARCIA: EXPRESSES DEEP CONCERNS OVER RECENT GALVESTON BAY OIL SPILL

This weekend, a barge and tanker collided in the Houston Ship Channel near Texas City, spilling an estimated 150,000 gallons of oil into Galveston Bay. The spill has impacted traffic in and out of the Port of Houston, as a large portion of the Galveston Bay entrance has been closed to vessel traffic.

From Senator Sylvia Garcia


March 24, 2014

JOHN WRAY CAMPAIGN: ELLIS-HILL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS ENDORSES JOHN WRAY FOR STATE HOUSE

The Ellis-Hill Association of REALTORS today endorsed John Wray in his bid to become the next State Representative. Wray is running in House District 10 which covers all of Ellis County and part of Henderson County. The winner of the election will take the place of Representative Jim Pitts, who has announced his retirement. The runoff election will be on May 27th.

From John Wray Campaign


March 24, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: ICYMI: HUFFINGTON POST: WENDY DAVIS TO GREG ABBOTT: 'STOP HIDING BEHIND YOUR SURROGATES' ON EQUAL PAY

Texas gubernatorial candidate Wendy Davis delivered a strong message to Republican opponent Greg Abbott on equal pay for women Monday morning, telling him to "act like a Texan" and stop letting his surrogates speak for him on the issue.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


March 24, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE DREW DARBY: STATEMENT ON TRANSPORTATION FUNDING SOLUTIONS

Today, State Representative Drew Darby (R-San Angelo) released the following statement in response to a deliberately false report from a paid political activist that was not in attendance at a speech he gave to the San Antonio Mobility Coalition on March 20, 2014: "I did not call for a gas tax increase nor have I ever ridiculed ending diversions.

From Representative Drew Darby


March 24, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: HOUSE TO STUDY INTERIM CHARGES

When the Texas Legislature is not meeting in Regular Session, we are tasked to study topics related to state government before the next Regular Session meets. In the House, these "interim charges" are assigned by the Speaker and in the Senate, they are assigned by the Lt. Governor.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


March 24, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: SEN. WENDY DAVIS ADMITS TO CONTINUING ETHICALLY QUESTIONABLE PUBLIC-SECTOR BOND WORK

Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch today released the following statement regarding Sen. Davis' questionable ethics: “Facing mounting questions about her dubious ethics, Sen. Davis admitted this morning that she continues to profit off Texas public debt by serving as legal counsel for multiple public bond offerings.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


March 24, 2014

RYAN SITTON CAMPAIGN: TOM MECHLER, REPUBLICAN PARTY OF TEXAS TREASURER*, ENDORSES RYAN SITTON FOR RAILROAD COMMISSIONER

Ryan Sitton, conservative Republican candidate for Railroad Commissioner, announced today the endorsement of Tom Mechler, Republican Party of Texas Treasurer. Mechler has worked in the oil and gas industry for his entire professional career, including the last two decades that he spent as an independent oil and gas producer.

From Ryan Sitton Campaign


March 24, 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS: ABBOTT MOVES STATE RESOURCES TO THE GALVESTON BAY OIL SPILL

The Texas Attorney General’s Office has dispatched investigators and staff from its Environmental Protection Division to the Galveston Bay oil spill site. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott provided the following regarding the response and resources to the spill: “Galveston Bay, Galveston Island and the surrounding coast area are Texas treasures.

From Attorney General of Texas


March 24, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: HOW MUCH DOES SEN. DAVIS PROFIT FROM TEXAS DEBT?

A report on Sunday revealed that Sen. Davis has continued to profit off Texas public debt by serving as legal counsel for three different bond offerings for public clients since last fall.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


March 24, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: VIDEO: ABBOTT REMAINED ON THE DEFENSIVE ALL WEEKEND OVER EQUAL PAY

He avoided the answer for a couple of weeks, all the while enduring political hits from Wendy Davis, his Democratic opponent in this year's gubernatorial race. Finally, last week, Greg Abbott made the unsurprising admission that if he were governor he would have done as Gov. Rick Perry did and would not have signed legislation designed to help women bring pay discrimination lawsuits in state court...

From Wendy Davis Campaign


March 24, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: PERRY DIRECTS STATE RESOURCES TO RESPOND TO HOUSTON SHIP CHANNEL OIL SPILL

Gov. Rick Perry has directed all necessary state resources to assist with the cleanup of oil that has spilled into the Houston Ship Channel after a collision between vessels yesterday. The Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) is ensuring the coordination of the multiple state resources responding to this incident, and the governor has been briefed by TDEM Chief Nim Kidd on the ongoing cleanup efforts.

From Office of the Governor


March 24, 2014

WAYNE CHRISTIAN CAMPAIGN: KELLY SHACKELFORD ENDORSES WAYNE CHRISTIAN

Today, Kelly Shackelford, President of Liberty Institute and Chairman of the Ted Cruz for Senate Statewide Leadership Team endorsed Wayne Christian for Texas Railroad Commissioner.

From Wayne Christian Campaign


March 24, 2014

TDP: DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES AND PARTY STAFF TRAVEL ACROSS TEXAS FOR LOCAL CONVENTIONS

Today, Texas Democrats organized across the state of Texas for county and senate district conventions. From Lubbock to Nacogdoches, Cameron County to Denton, candidates from up and down the ballot met and connected with local activists and county party leaders.

From Texas Democratic Party


March 21, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: THIRTEEN NAMED TO EXPANDED LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES COUNCIL

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has announced the names of 13 individuals to serve as the first members of the Expanded Learning Opportunities Council to study issues related to expanded learning opportunities (such as implementing an extended school day or school year) and review structured programs outside of the regular school day (such as before- and after-school programs and summer programs).

From Texas Education Agency


March 21, 2014

WENDY DAVIS CAMPAIGN: ICYMI: TED NUGENT'S APPEARANCE AT UPCOMING LONGVIEW FESTIVAL CANCELED BY CITY

A controversial classic rocker was scheduled to perform at an upcoming Longview festival, but the city decided to cancel the singer's appearance.

From Wendy Davis Campaign


March 21, 2014

TDP: TEXAS REPUBLICANS HIGHLIGHT THEIR INDIFFERENCE ON ISSUES THAT MATTER TO WOMEN VOTERS

Texas Republicans spent the week showing Texas women just how little they care about important issues that directly impact their lives and the economic well-being of Texas families. Texas Democratic Party Chairman Gilberto Hinojosa issued the following statement:

From Texas Democratic Party


March 21, 2014

NOW OR NEVER PAC: "BRING HIM HOME"

Now or Never PAC is releasing its first ad in Texas’s 4th Congressional District entitled “Bring Him Home.” The ad will be featured during March Madness, Foxnews, and other outlets.

From Now or Never PAC


March 21, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: PAXTON EARNS ENDORSEMENT FROM SENATOR-ELECT, FORMER HARRIS COUNTY TAX ASSESSOR-COLLECTOR PAUL BETTENCOURT

Former Harris County Tax Assessor-Collector and Senator-Elect Paul Bettencourt today endorsed Senator Ken Paxton for Attorney General, stating, "Ken Paxton's solidly pro-life, pro-family, and pro-business voting record in the Texas Senate is the reason why he has received the support of so many conservatives across Texas in his race for Attorney General.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


March 21, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JASON VILLALBA: TO ADDRESS INAUGURAL SCHOOL MARSHAL TRAINERS

On Monday, Texas State Representative Jason Villalba (District 114) will address the first class of School Marshal trainers at the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training (ALERRT) Center. Media is welcome to attend Villalba's remarks and receive further information from TCOLE about the School Marshal training program.

From Representative Jason Villalba


March 21, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: SEN. DAVIS' HYPOCRISY CONTINUES

Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch today released the following statement regarding Sen. Davis' hypocrisy on gender pay discrimination:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


March 21, 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS: PURPORTED VETERANS' CHARITY CHARGED WITH VIOLATING TEXAS LAW, DECEIVING TEXAS DONORS

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott charged Veterans Support Organization (VSO) and four of its principals with unlawfully soliciting charitable contributions and misrepresenting to Texas donors that the donations would benefit local veterans in need.

From Attorney General of Texas


March 21, 2014

JOHN RATCLIFFE CAMPAIGN: PLEDGES TO SELF-IMPOSE TERM LIMITS

Former U.S. Attorney and conservative Republican candidate for Texas’ 4th congressional district John Ratcliffe today reiterated his pledge to self-impose term limits if he is elected to Congress. Ratcliffe has said he will serve no more than four full terms (eight years) in Congress.

From John Ratcliffe Campaign


March 21, 2014

TDP: DAN PATRICK DOESN'T THINK FAIR PAY SHOULD BE ENFORCED

Today, Dan Patrick, a Republican candidate for Lieutenant Governor said he thinks men and women should be paid equally, but indicated he did not support amending restrictions on lawsuits over pay discrimination.

From Texas Democratic Party


March 21, 2014

SENATOR LETICIA VAN DE PUTTE: APPLAUDS TEXAS RANGERS' NEW CHILD PROTECTION INITIATIVE

State Senator Leticia Van de Putte (District 26, Bexar County) today applauded the Texas Department of Public Safety for the creation of its new Texas Crimes Against Children Center (TCACC) within the Texas Rangers Division.

From Senator Leticia Van de Putte


March 20, 2014

TDP: HONORS THE LIFE OF BOB STRAUSS

Yesterday, Robert S. Strauss, former chair of the Democratic National Committee and ambassador to the Soviet Union, died at the age of 95. Strauss was a native of Lockhart, Texas, who worked to revitalize the Democratic Party during the 1970's and helped lay the groundwork for Jimmy Carter's election.

From Texas Democratic Party


March 20, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST STATEMENT REGARDING DISCOVERY OF HOUSTON-AREA STASH HOUSE

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst issued the following statement regarding yesterday's discovery of more than 100 people, presumed to be in the U.S. illegally, imprisoned in a "stash house" outside of Houston: "If anyone needed more proof that the federal government has abdicated its responsibility to secure the border, it surfaced yesterday in a Pearland neighborhood when police found 110 people behind doors locked from the outside.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 20, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE JOAQUIN CASTRO: ON THE 4TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT & LOCAL ENROLLMENT EFFORTS

Congressman Joaquin Castro [TX-20] released the following statement highlighting the 4th anniversary of the Affordable Care Act and local efforts to help San Antonians get access to affordable, quality health care:

From Representative Joaquin Castro


March 20, 2014

HUMAN RIGHTS DEFENSE CENTER: TEXAS COURT HOLDS PRIVATE PRISON COMPANY IS CONSIDERED GOVERNMENTAL BODY FOR PURPOSES OF STATE'S PUBLIC INFORMATION ACT

Yesterday, a Travis County District Court held that Corrections Corporation of America (CCA), the nation’s largest for-profit prison company, is a “governmental body” for purposes of the Texas Public Information Act and therefore subject to the “Act’s obligations to disclose public information.”

From Human Rights Defense Center


March 20, 2014

STEFANI CARTER CAMPAIGN: KEY SAM BROWN SUPPORTERS ENDORSE STEFANI CARTER

Several of Sam Brown’s key supporters have endorsed Stefani Carter as an effective Republican legislator (R-Dallas) in her campaign for re-election to the Texas House of Representatives.

From Stefani Carter Campaign


March 20, 2014

TEXAS EDUCATION AGENCY: COMMISSIONER WILLIAMS AUTHORIZES CALCULATOR APPS FOR 8TH GRADE STAAR MATHEMATICS IN 2014-2015

Commissioner of Education Michael Williams has advised superintendents he will allow districts to satisfy a requirement to use graphing calculators for the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) grade 8 mathematics assessment with either a traditional handheld graphing calculator or a graphing calculator application available on an electronic tablet.

From Texas Education Agency


March 20, 2014

TEXANS FOR PUBLIC JUSTICE: FAILED WIRE TAPPER AND A 'HOOKER' ARE TOP HUFFINES CONSULTANTS

Top consultants that tea-partier Don Huffines used to knock out a powerful Texas senator are conservative media celebrities best known for a botched political wire tapping and a famous hooker impersonation.

From Texans for Public Justice


March 20, 2014

FREEDOMWORKS PAC: ENDORSES KEN PAXTON FOR TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL

FreedomWorks PAC announced its endorsement of Ken Paxton for Attorney General of Texas. Paxton is the right choice to be the first line of defense to protect Texas from federal intrusion.

From FreedomWorks PAC


March 20, 2014

TDP: DISCRIMINATION RAMPANT IN GREG ABBOTT'S AG OFFICE

Last week, Greg Abbott said, "I fully expect women to be paid what men are paid...There shouldn’t be any differential in payment because of sex." [Dallas Morning News, 3/17/2014]

From Texas Democratic Party


March 20, 2014

JOHN WRAY CAMPAIGN: ELLZEY SUPPORTS WRAY

Former  adversaries  joined  forces  today  as  Jake  Ellzey  endorsed  John  Wray  for  Texas   House  in  the  Republican  Primary  to  pick  a  representative  for  Texas  House  District  10.     A  retired  U.S.  Navy  fighter  pilot,  Ellzey  placed  third  in  the  election  to  replace  retiring   State  Representative  Jim  Pitts.

From John Wray Campaign


March 20, 2014

TEXAS ASSOCIATION OF BUSINESS: FINAL ACCOUNTABILITY RECOMMENDATIONS HEADED FOR COMMISSIONERS DESK

Education Commissioner Michael Williams should get the final recommendations about a new accountability system from the Accountability Policy Advisory Committee (APAC) by the end of this week. It is the hope of the Texas Association of Business (TAB) that this new accountability system will be strong enough to foster positive change in the Texas education system.

From Texas Association of Business


March 20, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: FOUR MORE SHERIFFS ENDORSE DAN BRANCH FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

oday, four Republican Texas sheriffs who represent the West Texas counties of Lubbock, Midland, Ector and Tom Green announced their endorsement of Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General.

From Dan Branch Campaign


March 20, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: WHAT IS SEN. DAVIS HIDING?

Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch today released the following statement regarding Sen. Davis' questionable ethics and hypocrisy on equal pay:

From Greg Abbott Campaign


March 20, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE R.D. "BOBBY" GUERRA: FACILITATES VAN DONATION TO SOUTH TEXAS VETERANS

Today, State Representative R.D. “Bobby” Guerra (D-41) in conjunction with LeFleur Transportation, gathered outside the Veterans War Memorial of Texas to hand over the keys of a donated van to local veterans and members of the Veterans War Memorial Foundation of Texas.

From Representative R.D. "Bobby" Guerra


March 19, 2014

SENATOR JANE NELSON: SENATE HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES COMMITTEE RECEIVES NEW INTERIM CHARGES

The Senate Health and Human Services Committee, led by Texas State Senator Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, today received additional interim charges from the Office of the Lieutenant Governor. The Committee will evaluate ways to reduce prescription drug abuse in Texas and monitor the implementation of laws that were addressed by the Committee during the 83rd Regular Legislative Session.

From Senator Jane Nelson


March 19, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: SREC MEMBER AND PAST SMITHERMAN SUPPORTER DR. JOHNNY LOVEJOY ENDORSES DAN BRANCH FOR ATTORNEY GENERAL

Today, Dr. Johnny Lovejoy, former Barry Smitherman supporter and current SREC member, endorsed Dan Branch for Texas Attorney General. Dr. Lovejoy joins a host of former Smitherman supporters - including SREC member Megan Higginbotham - who have recently endorsed Dan Branch.

From Dan Branch Campaign


March 19, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: REP. JODIE LAUBENBERG, PRO-LIFE LEADERS DENOUNCE BRANCH CAMPAIGN MISREPRESENTATION

Rep. Jodie Laubenberg, Cathie Adams, and Elizabeth Graham, three of Texas' best known advocates for the unborn, agree that Dan Branch is misrepresenting his role in his 2005 amendment which was soundly defeated by conservatives. According to these leaders and the public record, Branch worked to expand third-trimester abortions, not restrict them.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


March 19, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: DEWHURST ANNOUNCES INTERIM CHARGES RELATED TO GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY AND TRANSPARENCY

Today, Lt. Governor David Dewhurst announced Interim Charges relating to a number of Senate Committees concerned with better governance. "I am a strong proponent of limited government with an overriding emphasis on transparency and accountability.

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 19, 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS: ABBOTT TAKES ACTION AGAINST HIDALGO COUNTY COLONIA DEVELOPMENT

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott charged two Hidalgo County developers with unlawfully subdividing and leasing residential lots in violation of state colonias prevention laws. The State’s enforcement action, which was filed in Travis County, names Jose Perez and Rosa Hilda Perez as defendants.

From Attorney General of Texas


March 19, 2014

TEXAS MEDICAL ASSOCIATION: NEW STUDY: PHYSICIANS JUST WANT TIME WITH YOU, THE PATIENT

You and your physician have something in common: As a patient, the things that make you happy about your health care are the same things that please your doctor; likewise, the same situations frustrate you both.

From Texas Medical Association


March 19, 2014

TEXAS PUBLIC POLICY FOUNDATION: RELEASES RECLAIMING LIBERTY: HOW STATES CAN REVIVE THE 10TH AMENDMENT AND SAVE THE CONSTITUTION

The Texas Public Policy Foundation today released Reclaiming Liberty: How States can Revive the 10th Amendment and Save the Constitution. Authored by TPPF senior fellow Mario Loyola, the report recounts how federal power has expanded over the past hundred years chiefly to serve special interests in uncompetitive states.

From Texas Public Policy Foundation


March 19, 2014

ATTORNEY GENERAL OF TEXAS: ABBOTT FREEZES ASSETS OF ALLEGED HOUSTON DIPLOMA MILLS

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott has obtained a temporary restraining order and asset freeze against two purported “academies” that falsely claim to be accredited educational institutions.

From Attorney General of Texas


March 19, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: SEN. DAVIS AND HER EQUAL PAY HYPOCRISY

Texans for Greg Abbott Communications Director Matt Hirsch today released the following statement regarding Sen. Davis' hypocrisy on equal pay: "Senator Wendy Davis has now mastered the Texas two-step as she continues to launch attacks over equal pay while shielding her own record of defending gender discrimination.

From Greg Abbott Campaign


March 19, 2014

TEXAS CAPITOL VIETNAM VETERANS MONUMENT: THOUSANDS EXPECTED TO ATTEND DEDICATION OF CAPITOL MONUMENT HONORING TEXAS VIETNAM VETERANS

• Forty-one years to the day after the last American combat troops left Vietnam and nine years after the effort began, the Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument will be dedicated in a 10:00 a.m. ceremony Saturday, March 29th at the Texas State Capitol.

From Texas Capitol Vietnam Veterans Monument


March 18, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: RESPONDS TO MICHAEL QUINN SULLIVAN ACTING AS REPORTER FOR BREITBART NEWS

Statement from Texans For Dan Branch Campaign Manager Enrique Marquez: The Dan Branch campaign has received a request for comment from Michael Quinn Sullivan acting as a reporter on a "tight deadline" on behalf of Breitbart News.

From Dan Branch Campaign


March 18, 2014

TEXAS FARM BUREAU: STATEMENT ON AGRICULTURAL COMMISSIONER RACE

"The Board of Texas Farm Bureau Friends of Agriculture, Inc. (AGFUND) voted today to remain neutral in the runoff in the Republican Primary for Texas Commissioner of Agriculture. Our board and our members feel strongly that all remaining candidates in both primaries should address the serious issues concerning Texas agriculture's uncertain future. We will leave this decision in the hands of the voters of Texas."

From Texas Farm Bureau


March 18, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: STATEMENT BY GOV. PERRY ON NATIONAL GUARD REDUCTIONS

Gov. Rick Perry today released the following statement regarding force reductions to the Texas Army National Guard ordered by the National Guard Bureau: “There are many ways to balance the federal budget, but this decision to eliminate the 72nd Infantry Brigade Combat Team’s headquarters risks Texas’ ability to properly respond to hurricanes, floods, wildfires and other natural disasters, and is short-sighted.

From Office of the Governor


March 18, 2014

OFFICE OF THE LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: TEXAS LEADS NATION IN JOB GROWTH

In case you missed it, the following article ran in the Dallas Morning News yesterday, Monday, March 17. The article states that Texas "added 33,900 jobs in January," which is more than double the number of jobs that Ohio, ranked second, added in January (16,700).

From Office of the Lieutenant Governor


March 18, 2014

ANNIE'S LIST: GREG ABBOTT AND ALLIES CONTINUE TO FIGHT AGAINST WOMEN

This week, Greg Abbott and his allies have continued to fight against paying women equal pay for equal work through the Texas Fair Pay Act. Annie’s List Executive Director Grace Garcia released the following statement responding to Republicans’ statements:

From Annie's List


March 18, 2014

JOHN RATCLIFFE CAMPAIGN: TEXAS 4TH CONGRESSIONAL DISTRICT SURVEY

Texas 4th Congressional District Republicans are lining up behind former U.S. Attorney John Ratcliffe’s candidacy for Congress and are ready for a new voice to represent them in Washington.

From John Ratcliffe Campaign


March 18, 2014

TDP: RESPOND TO INSULTING COMMENTS FROM REPUBLICAN PARTY OF TEXAS

Yesterday, Republican Party of Texas Executive Director and key Greg Abbott surrogate, Beth Cubriel, went on television to defend Greg Abbott's opposition to equal pay for equal work. According to Cubriel, “Men are better negotiators and I would encourage women, instead of pursuing the courts for action, to become better negotiators.”

From Texas Democratic Party


March 18, 2014

LONE STAR PROJECT: ABBOTT HIDES WHILE GOP WOMEN STRUGGLE TO DEFEND HIM ON EQUAL PAY

Republican Party of Texas Executive Director Beth Cubriel yesterday tried to defend Greg Abbott’s refusal to support equal pay for equal work in Texas. Her explanation — that the real problem for Texas working women is that they need to “become better negotiators” — fell short.

From Lone Star Project


March 18, 2014

KEN PAXTON CAMPAIGN: PAXTON ENDORSED BY FORMER TEXAS GOP CHAIR, FORMER TEXAS SECRETARY OF STATE GEORGE W. STRAKE, JR.

Senator Ken Paxton, building on the momentum from his first-place finish in the March 4th Republican primary, today announced the endorsement of Houston businessman George W. Strake, Jr., one of the most respected long-time leaders in the Texas Republican Party.

From Ken Paxton Campaign


March 18, 2014

WAYNE CHRISTIAN CAMPAIGN: CATHIE ADAMS ENDORSES WAYNE CHRISTIAN

Today President of Texas Eagle Forum and Former Republican Party of Texas Chairman Cathie Adams endorsed Wayne Christian for Texas Railroad Commissioner.

From Wayne Christian Campaign


March 18, 2014

DAN BRANCH CAMPAIGN: HOUSTON POLICE RETIRED OFFICERS ASSOCIATION ENDORSES DAN BRANCH FOR TEXAS ATTORNEY GENERAL

Today, the Houston Police Retired Officers Association endorsed Dan Branch for Attorney General, making them the latest law enforcement group to join the over 50,000 Texas police officers supporting Dan Branch.

From Dan Branch Campaign


March 18, 2014

DAN PATRICK CAMPAIGN: PATRICK CANCELS HIS PARTICIPATION AT CLOSED DOOR DEBATE

Dan Patrick, Texas State Senator and the authentic conservative candidate for Lieutenant Governor, today informed the “C” Club of Houston that he was cancelling his participation in their debate scheduled for Tuesday, March 18.

From Dan Patrick Campaign


March 18, 2014

TEXAS GENERAL LAND OFFICE: BARRY CORBIN NEW VOICE FOR TEXAS VLB

As the new spokesman for the Texas Veterans Land Board, Texas born and bred actor Barry Corbin has a face most everyone will recognize, even if they may not know his name.

From Texas General Land Office


March 17, 2014

TXFISCAL: TO INCREASE BY HOW MUCH, THAT IS THE QUESTION

As the state’s economy continues to experience significant growth state tax collections and total revenue continue to increase at a rate substantially greater than in the Certification Revenue Estimate (CRE) released by the Comptroller’s Office on December 12, 2013.

From TXFISCAL


March 17, 2014

BATTLEGROUND TEXAS: GOP THINKS TEXAS WOMEN ARE TOO "BUSY" FOR FAIR PAY

This weekend a key Abbott ally and Executive Director of the newly formed Red State Women PAC, Cari Christman, asserted that why she, Greg Abbott and other Republicans oppose equal pay legislation is because women are too “busy”.

From Battleground Texas


March 17, 2014

LINDA KOOP CAMPAIGN: SAM BROWN ENDORSES LINDA KOOP FOR TEXAS HOUSE

Former opponents joined forces today as Sam Brown endorsed Linda Koop for Texas House in the 102nd District. Brown placed third in the March 4th primary, missing the runoff by less than 600 votes.

From Linda Koop Campaign


March 17, 2014

TEXANS FOR FISCAL RESPONSIBILITY: ETHICS COMMISSIONER DOUBLES DOWN ON UNCONSTITUTIONAL ACTION

After meeting behind closed doors today, the Texas Ethics Commission said they stood by their decision to probe Empower Texans and expose the names of donors and subscribers despite court precedence and no legal authority.

From Texans for Fiscal Responsibility


March 17, 2014

MIKE COLLIER CAMPAIGN: HEGAR'S PLAN: 20% SALES TAX

Today the Collier for Comptroller campaign is launching a petition drive to rally opposition to Glenn Hegar’s plan to replace property taxes with sales taxes, one of the unimpeachably bad policy ideas in America today.

From Mike Collier Campaign


March 17, 2014

JASON VILLALBA CAMPAIGN: TUESDAY: VILLALBA IN SAN ANTONIO TO ADDRESS THE FUTURE OF THE GOP

Texas State Representative Jason Villalba (HD-114) will be kicking off a state-wide speaking tour tomorrow, Tuesday, March 18th be in San Antonio. He will be speaking to two different groups about The Evolution of the Texas Electorate and the Future of the GOP in Texas.

From Jason Villalba Campaign


March 17, 2014

REPRESENTATIVE J.M. LOZANO: TEXAS LEADING THE WAY IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

During the last Legislation Session, we passed House Bill 5, which makes it easier for student to receive career and technical training in high school. Our goal was to ensure that all students are prepared for a career when they graduate, especially for those students who wanted to learn a trade.

From Representative J.M. Lozano


March 17, 2014

TDP: GREG ABBOTT ALLY CLAIMS WOMEN ARE TOO "BUSY" FOR EQUAL PAY

Last weekend, Greg Abbott refused to answer whether he would support the Texas Lilly Ledbetter Act, legislation that would ensure women are paid the same as a men for equal work. This weekend, Cari Christman, executive director of the newly formed Red State Women PAC and a chief Greg Abbott ally, said Texas women are women are too "busy" for equal pay legislation.

From Texas Democratic Party


March 17, 2014

OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR: BARBARA JORDAN MEDIA AWARDS WINNERS ANNOUNCED

The Governor’s Committee on People with Disabilities has announced the winners of the 31st Annual Barbara Jordan Media Awards for pieces produced in 2013. Winners were chosen by a panel of judges, including journalists, professionals in the field of disabilities, and people with disabilities.

From Office of the Governor


March 17, 2014

ANNIE'S LIST: REDSTATE WOMEN SHOWS TRUE COLORS, DOESN'T SPEAK FOR TEXAS WOMEN

In an interview on WFAA Sunday, RedState Women Executive Director Cari Christman said the Lily Ledbetter Act won’t solve the issue of fair pay for Texas women. And when Jason Whitely asked what the solution would be, Christman had no response.

From Annie's List


March 17, 2014

GREG ABBOTT CAMPAIGN: NEW WEB AD: ONE FAMILY

Texans for Greg Abbott today released a web ad, "One Family," that highlights Greg Abbott's outreach across the state, in addition to the importance of family and multiculturalism in Texas.

From Greg Abbott Campaign